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SERVPRO Content Cleaning and Storage

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Content Cleaning and Storage Content Cleaning and Storage

At SERVPRO our team of professionals handle your personal belongings with the utmost of care.  We clean your items by hand and repack them so they are ready when you move back to your home or business. We also use the Esporta Machine and Ultrasonic Cleaning equipment.

SERVPRO'S ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY PRODUCTS

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO'S ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY PRODUCTS SERVPRO'S ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY PRODUCTS

SERVPRO wants you to know that we are doing our part to help our Planet.  That is why we want you to know about our Green Cleaning Products.

SERVPRO® Industries, Inc. is a member of the EPA’s Design for Environment (EPA/DFE) initiative. As a member company, SERVPRO® can access the listing known formally as CleanGredients. The EPA/DFE has established a set of criteria for formulating environmentally friendly cleaning products. With the assistance of larger chemical companies the EPA/DFE has put together a listing of safe cleaning components that can be used in Green cleaning formulations. From the listing a formulation can be derived that incorporates “green” chemistry. The initiative is designed to allow chemical formulators a resource to formulate environmentally friendly cleaning products using environmentally friendly raw materials.

So next time you see our Green Vehicles, you'll know we are doing our part to sustain our Environment

Commercial Water Damage

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

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Commercial water damage can be devastating for a business.  SERVPRO is here to help you get your business back up and running as soon as possible.  We have professional crew and top of the line equipment to make the restoration as seamless as possible.

Our Large Loss Disaster Recovery Team is on call 24/7 to assist in getting your business up and running as fast as possible and make it "Like it never even happened."

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

Call us today!!!

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Why you want SERVPRO as your vendor for Medical Facilities

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Working in Hospitals or other Medical Grade facilities is not a service you want to leave to just any vendor. A job completed incorrectly can open the door to a whole list of legal liabilities, this is WHY you need SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher.

Certified and accredited by the Linders Health Institute in Infection Control, we will help manage and control the risks that can be associated with this type of work. Protecting your patients, staff, other vendors, and helping your Risk Management Team limit your liability and enhance the Healthcare experience. 

               Don't wait, call us today!!!!

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Handling Fire Damage in Beecher

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Document Preservation, Restoration, Conservation, and Recovery

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, it usually hits where its hurts the most. Important documents such as books, medical paperwork, legal writings, etc are not spared. Sometimes despite the disaster you still need to retain these materials for legal or personal reason, that is where SERVPRO's Document Recovery and Restoration come in!

Acting quickly is imperative! Should you have important documents that get wet, damaged by smoke, or even a sewer damage, don't wait! CALL US RIGHT AWAY! 708-672-0077

Our highly trained staff of Restoration and Mitigation Professionals will arrive onsite and quickly take steps to limit damage and preserve as much as possible. 

 Document Restoration Services as follows:

  • Drying- process in which an item containing moisture is frozen and dried using vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation.
  • Cleaning- we offer onsite cleaning. This is cleaning each document front and back to remove debris and any surface particulate. 
  • Sterilization- Gamma Irridation is a process that is used for disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods. 
  • Deodorization- once paper has been wet, an odor can begin to form. Letting us deodorize your documents will reduce the odor and sometimes almost completely eliminate it. 
  • Destruction- we offer destruction onsite.
  • Digitization- digitizing documents makes them easier to access as well as easier to store. We use state-of-the-art equipment to turn your paper copy into a digital file.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher..... Like it never even happened!

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Senior Living Facility Bad Sprinkler Lynwood

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

A faulty sprinkler head can cause major water damage when it goes off unexpectedly. SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher can come out to clean up water damage from a faulty sprinkler head that affects your Senior Living Facility.

A sprinkler system houses pressurized water and can dump as much as 150 gallons of water per minute. Over a two hour period, the sprinkler system dumped in excess of 18,000 gallons of water that flooded 4 units. 

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher will dispatch crews to immediately begin the extraction, cleanup, restoration and drying processes in each unit. Carpet, drywall, insulation, and furniture can all be affected from the water. Crews are available day and night to help minimize the damage and begin the drying process. Our fully trained staff along with dehumidifiers and turbo high velocity air movers will have you dried up quickly. Owners of Senior Living Facilities all over the Crete area have been please with our work for many years.

If you have trouble with your senior living facility in Peotone, Lynwood, Stauk Village or any of the surounding areas, be sure to call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077

Water damage to your business in Glenwood

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial water damage presents double trouble to you as an owner and employer. Not only do you need to recover your premises, equipment, and inventory from the effects of leaks or flooding, you also have employees and customers who rely on you to keep your business running even while restoration efforts are in process. SERVPRO works closely with our commercial clients to avoid closure or a shut down even after a significant water crisis to your warehouse or other storage facility affects your business. We highly encourage business owners to consult with us before any warehouse water disaster. By developing an Emergency READY Profile, you can pinpoint all critical information about your operation into a plan. Once finished with that plan, the information can be shared with, and will be easily accessible to our local water damage restoration experts.

Preventing commercial water damage in your workplace may not be possible. For instance, if heavy storms or flooding affect your warehouse, some damage might be unpreventable, but that is where SERVPRO will help! A systematic review of your preparedness can limit the effects of inevitable leaking, moving, or standing water to your bottom line. Take advantage of our training and expertise by scheduling a thorough assessment of your warehouse and other operations. There is no charge for our review of your facilities, and we will use the information gathered to ready our team should the worst happen. You can identify your business’s key personnel, so we know who to consult when a commercial water damage disaster strikes even if you are not always available. Details such as warehouse layout and the location of utilities, important documents, and priority areas within your building clarify and order the restoration and mitigation tasks needed to be completed, ensuring our team of water damage restoration technicians are “Ready for whatever happens.” Our staff will take photos and scope out the dimensions of your warehouse to assist with our post water damage work.If your warehouse has water damage of any type, call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077.

Hospitals and Medical Facilities - ICRA

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Hospitals and Medical Facilities - ICRA Hospital Mitigation & Restoration. ICRA Accredited.

Hospitals, Outpatient Facilities, Doctor's Offices, and Therapy Centers can all afflicted by Fire, Water, Sewer, and Mold damage. They have all the major problems of a large commercial structure with the added risk of critical patient care areas, that have to maintain critical care procedures and environments to protect the patients from the risk of infection.

You cannot just let any restoration company work in these facilities. A Highly trained and accredited  Disaster Recovery Team should be the only mitigation team that should be steeping foot in those critical care areas of your building. 

If your Medical facility's Disaster Recovery team isn't ICRA accredited you could be risking the very lives you are trying to save and heal. SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher is that accredited team!

We have been helping Medical Care facilities across the region handle everything from fires, to pipe and sprinkler line breaks, upholstery cleaning of sitting areas chairs and couches, to sewer damages and more. 

Working as a team with your Infection Control Specialist we will identify the critical patient care areas quickly to make sure that everyone is safe and the patient experience is minimally impacted. 

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ACTHA Homeowner Association / Condominium Association / Townhome Association Seminar at Georgio's in Orland Park, Il.

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services ACTHA Homeowner Association / Condominium Association / Townhome Association Seminar at Georgio's in Orland Park, Il. ACTHA Seminar at Georgio's in Orland Park, IL.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher - Bill Wilczynski and Valerie Graniczny attended ACTHA Seminar at Georgios in Orland Park last night.  Guest speakers discussed Legal and Insurance problems and solutions to Homeowner Associations, Condominium Associations and Townhome associations board members and guests.  

These groups all have the same problems as business and homeowners do.  Their properties suffer from fire and smoke damage, sewer backup, water damages, require board up services, and occasionally require Bio cleanup services.  SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher has been assisting property managers with these issues to help protect, restore and make their properties "Like it Never even Happened".  

If your condominium, townhome, homeowner association is in need of a quality restoration and mitigation vendor ... CALL THE BEST!

CALL SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher!

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SSACOP - 47th Annual Golf Outing - Historic Silver Lake Golf Club

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Community SSACOP - 47th Annual Golf Outing - Historic Silver Lake Golf Club SSACOP 47th Annual Golf Outing at Silver Lake Golf Club

SERVPRO attended the 47th Annual SSACOP Golf Outing at Silver Lake Golf Club in Orland Park, Illinois. Pictured with Chiefs is Bill Wilczynski of SERVPRO.

SSACOP is made up of many Police Departments from the Great Chicagoland area.

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Board Up - Park Forest - Fire Damage

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Board Up - Park Forest - Fire Damage Board up of a Property in Park Forest, IL

Fires are one of the most devastating forces in nature, so when one of them happens to your home or commercial business, they are a life changer.

That is why its important to prepare for such events ahead of time so you can at least put yourself or your business in the best position to recover and recover quickly. That is where the Restoration Experts at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher can help. Whether is preparing your business ahead of time with one of our Emergency Ready Profiles (ERP) or having us programmed ahead of time in your smart phone. This simple preparation cannot be overstated.

Acting quickly after a fire strikes can mean the difference in thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in secondary damage, that can happen after the fire is already out.

Securing your property with a Board Up is only the first step in this process. Proper Mitigation and Restoration, from highly trained crews to leading edge cleaning technologySERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher has you covered.

SERVPRO has been helping families and businesses recover when disaster strikes, for almost 60 years and has been the #1 Restoration Company in the Nation for the last 16 years. Trust the fire professionals that the insurance professional trust.... trust SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher

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MABAS APPROVED Certified Cleaning of Fire Fighter Turn Out Gear

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning MABAS APPROVED Certified Cleaning of Fire Fighter  Turn Out Gear Remove dangerous chemicals from TURN OUT gear

Cleaning things may seem like it would be a low-tech task, but the reality is that cleaning items after a disaster are very high-tech. The Esporta Wash System is an excellent tool for getting materials clean and free of contamination, including items that look too far beyond hope. If you've had fire damage or flooding in your home or business, you might be very interested to find out what this new system can do for you.

Fire damage resulting in soot or water damage causing potentially hazardous pathogens on fabric calls for a sanitizing and powerful cleaning at your Crete Monee home. The contamination level found on any particular item can be extremely high. Contamination is measured in RLU's or Relative Light Units. High numbers may seem benign because it's 'light' but what is reflecting the light back to the measuring device is what we are concerned with – the higher the number of contaminants on an item, the more light will be reflected back into the device. When items are removed from the Esporta, they don't just look clean, they are clean, deodorized, and sanitized, as well. The much lower number of RLU's will indicate how clean an item is after being removed. 

The Esporta Wash System is designed to eliminate the soot from fires and the bacterial deposits from floods and other disasters, such as storm damage, from a variety of items. These can include children's toys, leather items such as shoes, purses, belts, boots, and headgear, clothing, draperies, among others. It's design and means of functioning is extremely effective, but it is still gentle enough to be used on stuffed toys and clothing.

The effectiveness of the Esporta is substantial enough to handle even firefighters' Turnout Gear, leaving them looking like new again. The SERVPRO Esporta Wash System saves many municipalities from constantly purchasing firefighter Turnout Gear. When it comes to businesses in the retail clothing industry, when your inventory has suffered smoke damage or has become moldy, the Esporta might be exactly what you need to save your business financially. Large amounts can be cleaned at one time, saving you time, and money, simultaneously. 

Families who have been through a traumatic incident can often find that what might have otherwise needed to be thrown away such as their children's playthings, can be restored and in a condition clean and safe enough to be handled by their children again. This can greatly decrease stress experienced by children when a traumatic situation has happened. 

To find out more about the Esporta Wash System and what it can do for you in your particular situation, call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher at (708)672-0077. We can answer any questions you may have and also schedule an appointment during which we can begin to restore your items to a pre-damaged state "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO can handle your school's mold problem

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher's Disaster Recovery Team is ready and equipped to help with many different disasters, including clean ups due to microbial growth in schools. Microbial growth is a concern for all of us but select populations of people are more vulnerable to be affected. When children are concerned we do not feel there is a limit to precautions and safety measures to be taken. We are able to help local schools who have microbial growth in their buildings safely and correctly mediate the problem. We work after hours and over weekends to limit exposure to any dust or particulates as well as comply with third party testing to certify that work was done correctly and completely. If you suspect there is microbial growth present call us to speak about mold solutions.

Many School Districts, School Board members and Superintendents trust the SERVPRO brand to do the job right and on budget. 

Mold in your Hazel Crest Home

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Learn more about our mold remediation process.

  1. Emergency Contact - (708) 672-0077
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

Has your business or home sustained a water damage?

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Has your business or home sustained a water damage? Not what you want to see in your home or business.

This time of year storms can pop up with little notice and often be severe in nature, causing wide spread power outages, localized flooding, and heavy wind damage. Often times sump pumps can become overwhelmed or fail due to overuse, causing basement flooding or other parts of your structure to be inundated with water of sewage backup. Being prepared ahead of time can mean the difference between a minor inconvenience or thousands of dollars in mitigation, restoration, and repairs. 

Having your sump pump inspected by a licensed professional, installing a battery back up system, a portable generator, moisture detection systems and check valves can also play a major role in the survivability of your commercial structure or home.

Even with some of those precautions being taken, disaster can still strike. That is when having a response team already in mind comes into play. Whether already having someone programmed into your phone or having a qualified SERVPRO Representative complete a Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) in advance, these can be the most important steps you take.

Don't just let anyone help you on your next mitigation and restoration disaster, call the best, call SERVPRO of Kankakee County. With our wide service area and trained and certified teams, we will make it "Like it never even happened."

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Water Damage to your Steger home

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water extraction is an evolved science that encompasses a professional assessment of the water damage and the creation of a plan of action for recovery. The professionals in this industry are Certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) or Certified Mold Technicians (CMT). They utilize established equations and properties of materials, psychrometry (the study of gas-vapor mixtures), an understanding of mold and microbial activity, and water restoration equipment technology to determine the set of industry accepted mitigation protocols to use.

The use of equations, properties of materials, and psychometrics is needed because water behaves differently depending on its state (liquid, gas, or solid), temperature, the type of material it has penetrated (wood, dry wall, ceramic, concrete, cloth, etc.), and the environmental conditions (relative humidity & temperature). Once all of these parameters are known, calculations are made to determine the most efficient extraction rate possible without causing additional damage.

Mold and microbial growth is possible in the presence of water so it’s vital that the offending water be extracted as soon as possible. Although everyone has seen mold in the past, in many cases mold is not visible. Determining the presence of non-visible mold requires a Certified Mold Technician to take swab samples of the affected material and send the samples to a certified lab for analysis.

There is a wide range of water restoration equipment available to perform water extraction. Suffice to say that it is important to have the right equipment selected for the particular water restoration job at hand.

Keep your Beecher church safe from fire.

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

he fire services recommend this checklist to assist your small business in preventing damage that could be caused by fire:

  • Avoid storing or stockpiling flammable materials such as packaging materials or waste where they could be accessed by the public, including areas immediately outside your business premises.
  • Make sure all machinery is serviced as recommended by manufacturers and is kept clean. If possible, switch machinery off when the business is unattended.
  • Secure all doors, windows or other access points when the business is unattended, and make sure your business has adequate lighting to deter trespassers.
  • Ensure your business has an adequately serviced and functional fire alarm system that is suitable to your small business eg: Remote serviced alarm systems, sprinkler systems, thermal or smoke alarms etc.
  • If your business stores dangerous goods, ensure their storage and use adheres to legislative requirements.
  • Make sure your business has a written and practiced fire escape plan that includes full staff lists and designated meeting points.

How to handle fire damage in Monee

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

How to Handle Fire Damage

Fire damage in Monee 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 Crete 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.

SERVPRO can help in Crete with your water damage

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration Tips For Your House After A Flood

A few years back, homes, business properties and personal items devastated by flood water were considered lost. With innovations in technology, however, the losses due to flood damage can now be restored to their former state. The process is not easy though for it requires extensive mopping up and drying of the property after severe water damage.

Flood water in home or business can damage your walls, floors, carpets and other personal belongings too. Extracting the water is impossible without proper equipment while sun drying does not guarantee your assets’ restoration to their former state before the incident. There is also an additional risk that the water in home might have damaged electrical equipment or wires. Anyone tampering with either could be in for a horrible electrocution during the water cleanup and restoration.

For these reasons, water cleanup and restoration is best handled by professionals. They have the requisite experience, state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to do the job properly and offer mitigation against further damage. If the renovation job requires extensive work, promptness in beginning the works is paramount. The less the time-frame between flood damage and refurbishment, the greater the ease of reinstating a property or item to its preloss state. There are four fundamental steps to follow with any renovation job after water damage:

1. Removal of the flood water
The first important step to restoring a property after damaging from water in home or business premise is removing the stagnant water. Often, a submersible pump is used to remove the water accumulation in various structures around the premises. The pump is highly efficient at its job and makes drying of entire submerged sections easier. As a result, it helps in mitigation by preventing further flood damage in the premises.

2. Moisture Mapping
It is crucial to get an idea of the extent of water damage and take the first mitigation steps against mold growth. The step uses detection equipment to obtain and appropriately map the moisture values on the property. Properly trained technicians use infrared and digital imaging to determine the damage extent.

3. Mold Inspection and Removal
After moisture mapping, the house will need to be prepared to repel mold and mildew. Any residual stagnant water in business or homestead leads to a favorable habitat for the fungi to thrive thus mitigation against it is essential. Water cleanup professionals make use of special detergents to sterilize the area and make the surroundings unfavorable for mold growth. Some renovation firms take advantage of deodorization and ventilation during this step to remove any airborne contaminants and lingering, unpleasant odors.

4. Water Drying
This last step ensures the property is completely dry and humidity is brought back to its normal state after flood damage. There are various water drying techniques and the one used will depend on the situation’s severity. These techniques include:

• Air Movers – They help dry the establishment by controlling humidity and promoting air circulation. Working in sections, the air movers remove liquids from all porous materials including carpets and wood. Any remaining water in home or business premises is left for more sophisticated machines.

• Dehumidifiers – dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and help extract any remaining water in business or home environment. Broadly, professionals use either desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifier. Desiccant dehumidifiers use raw materials that naturally absorb moisture from the environment. Conversely, refrigerant dehumidifiers operate by cooling the air to make it reduce its ability to retain water. As a result, condensation occurs around the equipment’s cooling coils. Applying these machines on a large scale promptly extracts excess humidity from the air leaving no more water in business or household and thus no further water damage. The particular type of equipment, however, depends on the hired company and the how extensive the restoration job is.

With the right professionals, a successful water cleanup is possible, and any damage from water in business or home establishment can be fixed. Each job, however, is unique and requires prompt, proper investigation. This helps come up with a plan based on the steps above to restore the property after water damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROmattesonhomewood.com for more information on water damage

Water Damage tips for Monee

6/27/2018 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (708) 672-0077

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Forecasted Heavy Storms

6/26/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Forecasted Heavy Storms Forecasted Heavy Storms

Is your family prepared for when your basement floods, sump pump fails, sewer backs up, or the need for board up or tarp off services after today's projected severe storms?

Today's forecast is calling for an unstable weather pattern which could lead to the potential of any of the previously listed claims. Whether it's you commercial business or you families residential home, make sure you call The Best to help mitagate your restoration claim.

We already service many of the following areas.... Peotone, Monee, Matteson, Park Forest, University Park, Steger, Chicago Heights, Crete, Sauk Village, Lynwood, Beecher and many, many more. Call us today to help mitigate your disaster.

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Commercial Building Water Damages in Chicago Heights and Lansing

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Building Water Damages in Chicago Heights and  Lansing Drying Equipment (Air Movers and Dehumidifiers) set in a flooded basement

Water Damage affects not only the building but also the intangibles of your Chicago Heights and Lansing business. When you cannot be open to provide services or products for your customers and community for even a few days the harm done to your brand can be permanent. Our professional crews work quickly and offer restoration plans that frequently permit your business to remain open during our efforts. Business Interruption should be avoided at all times.
 
Deterioration of building materials and fixtures follows months of hidden commercial water damage in your Chicago Heights building. The attraction you had to the ornate structure lessens when you realize ancient plumbing leaks warp beautiful hardwood floors and covered ceilings. Closing to attend to these challenges threatens to encourage your customers to look elsewhere for the unique decor items you carry. We have strategies to restore the damage done without closing your doors. 
 
The SERVPRO project manager assigned to your business works with you to find the source of the water incursion and to devise a plan that permits part of your operation to remain open while our crews dry out wet areas. A retail enterprise that closes because of a disaster has only a 50 percent chance of reopening.
Our team of trained technicians uses powerful extractors in the areas where water collected, and air movers and dehumidifiers to continue the moisture reduction. We swiftly erect temporary barriers shielding the work area and rely on our top of the line equipment to dry the area fast. Using only certified and experienced workers speeds the tasks without any loss of quality. 
 
You also desire the special ambiance of your historic location to remain even after significant recovery efforts complete. SERVPRO has a restoration mindset, not a demolition and replace or remodeling tendency. We strive to understand what is special about your space, and use our skills and care to ensure post-water damage your space looks and feels “Like it never even happened.” 
 
SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher is ready to exceed your expectations when it comes to restoring water damage in your eclectic home furnishing store. Call (708) 672-0077 for a consultation with one of our estimators.

Water damages in your business

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Water damages in your business Flooded Basement in Crete IL

Commercial water damage presents double trouble to you as an owner and employer. Here in Crete-Monee and Chicago Heights, flooding is always a problem. Not only do you need to recover your premises, equipment, and inventory from the effects of leaks or flooding, you also have employees and customers who rely on you to keep your business running even while restoration efforts are in process. SERVPRO works closely with our commercial clients to avoid closure or a shut down even after a significant water crisis to your warehouse or other storage facility affects your business. We highly encourage business owners to consult with us before any warehouse water disaster. By developing an Emergency READY Profile, you can pinpoint all critical information about your operation into a plan. Once finished with that plan, the information can be shared with, and will be easily accessible to our local water damage restoration experts.

Preventing commercial water damage in your workplace may not be possible. For instance, if heavy storms or flooding affect your warehouse, some damage might be unpreventable, but that is where SERVPRO will help! A systematic review of your preparedness can limit the effects of inevitable leaking, moving, or standing water to your bottom line. Take advantage of our training and expertise by scheduling a thorough assessment of your warehouse and other operations. There is no charge for our review of your facilities, and we will use the information gathered to ready our team should the worst happen. You can identify your business’s key personnel, so we know who to consult when a commercial water damage disaster strikes even if you are not always available. Details such as warehouse layout and the location of utilities, important documents, and priority areas within your building clarify and order the restoration and mitigation tasks needed to be completed, ensuring our team of water damage restoration technicians are “Ready for whatever happens.” Our staff will take photos and scope out the dimensions of your warehouse to assist with our post water damage work.

Locally Owned and Ready for Any Job!

Although best case scenario you will never have to use your Emergency READY Profile, preparedness is key to ensure efficiency when the unexpected happens. So give us a call today at (708)672-0077! Don’t delay, let your local SERVPRO help you prepare today!

Sump pumps can really save you

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement.A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage. Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

  • Checking the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
  • Checking the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with residue and debris. Do this three or four times per year.
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
  • Scanning the pit and removing any visible debris, mud, or stones.
  • Testing the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve might also be at fault.
  • Going outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.

Once a year, disconnect the pump from the power source and remove the unit. Flush it thoroughly with water to remove impurities and debris. While you have the pump out, also clean debris from the sump pit.  Reinstall the pump and reconnect the power source.  Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the pump starts.If your unit has backup battery power, replace the battery every two to three years, or as directed by the manufacturer.Always refer to your pump’s instruction manual for specific information about maintenance and operation. More information about sump pumps is available from the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association. If your sump pump does fail Call (708) 672-0077 and a crew from SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher will come out and dry your basement and all other ares that are wet.  We can also do Sump Pump Replacement if yours goes down.

Tips for being safe around fire this Summer

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Summer weather means cookouts, Fourth of July fireworks, and all sorts of campfire fun!

Sure it can be a good time for all our fellow Beecher residents, but it’s also important to ensure that everyone stays safe by observing a few simple fire protection guidelines.

SERVPRO is glad to bring you tips from FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration and the list of five summer fire safety tips:

  1. Keep a bucket of water handy. If an ember floats out of your fire pit, or a log falls down from your bonfire stack and sets nearby foliage, paper, or other flammable materials aflame, you don’t want to be scrambling for a way to put the fire out. Having a bucket of water nearby is a great first response tool to keep a fire under control.
  2. Supervise all fireworks (if fireworks are legal in your state, of course). Sparklers and pinwheels might seem “low risk,” but the reality is that there aren’t any fireworks out there that are safe enough for kids to use without adult supervision. It’s also important to ensure that no one tries to re-light fireworks that don’t work properly the first time. Dump these in a bucket of water and move on to the next package.
  3. Don’t let barbecue grease build up. Whether you’re using a charcoal or a gas grill, it’s important to keep it clean to prevent accidental grease fires caused by all of the gunk that can accumulate on a grill over time.
  4. Inspect the area around your BBQ and campfire. You don’t want to grill or light a campfire anywhere near other flammable materials. This includes deck railings, overhanging branches, dry grass or that pile of dry wood and recycling sitting in the back corner of your yard. If you’re camping, clear out the area immediately around your BBQ or campfire spot to be sure that there’s no scrub or brush nearby that could ignite if a spark lands on it.
  5. When you’re done with the fun, put out the flames. While it might seem romantic to fall asleep in front of a campfire, you really should dump water and/or sand on those embers before catching some shut-eye. The same goes for BBQs – close your propane valve and the unit’s lid, as well as any vents on a charcoal grill once you’re done. Unsupervised BBQs can easily tip over in the wind. A breeze can pick up and carry coals and embers from that campfire, dropping them where they can ignite dry grass, branches, trees or deck planks.

Mold in your commercial building in Crete?

5/3/2018 (Permalink)

Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing as the public becomes aware that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions. This document presents guidelines for the remediation/cleanup of mold and moisture problems in schools and commercial buildings; these guidelines include measures designed to protect the health of building occupants and remediators. It has been designed primarily for:

    • Building managers
    • Custodians
    • Others who are responsible for commercial building and school maintenance

It should serve as a reference for potential mold and moisture remediators. Using this document, individuals with little or no experience with mold remediation should be able to make a reasonable judgment as to whether the situation can be handled in-house. It will help those in charge of maintenance to evaluate an in-house remediation plan or a remediation plan submitted by an outside contractor1. Contractors and other professionals who respond to mold and moisture situations in commercial buildings and schools may also want to refer to these guidelines.

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

 

Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on.

Many types of molds exist. All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth.

Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed, but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially leading to moisture buildup. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may include:

    • Roof leaks
    • Landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building
    • Unvented combustion appliances
    • Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance are also associated with moisture problems in schools and large buildings

Moisture problems in portable classrooms and other temporary structures have frequently been associated with mold problems. 

When mold growth occurs in buildings, adverse health problems may be reported by some building occupants, particularly those with allergies or respiratory problems. Remediators should avoid exposing themselves and others to mold-laden dusts as they conduct their cleanup activities. Caution should be used to prevent mold and mold spores from being dispersed throughout the air where they can be inhaled by building occupants.

info by: https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-remediation-schools-and-commercial-buildings-guide

As a trusted partner with local School Districts, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights- Crete - Beecher is always ready for whatever happens.

Mold Testing...yes we do

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Testing...yes we do We have you Mold Solutions

Mold Testing

When to have an indoor air quality test done, and how the test is done. The word mold is not as bad as everyone thinks it is. The only time it becomes a problem is when there is too much of it. Too much mold can cause health problems or damage to your property. Not every home needs testing and not all testing is the same.

What sort of things should you be on the look for to decide if you need any mold testing.

Any general concerns about the house where something just does not seem right and you cannot put your finger on it.

When a home has been empty with no occupants for an extended period of time

Past water damage that was not cleaned up by a professional or you suspect was not done properly

No home inspections have been done in a while you see or suspect there is mold somewhere

A musty smell that is notice upon entering the home

Anyone in the home that has repertory problems

Mold Remediation was done and you want to ensure it was effective.

Visually seeing anything that looks like mold

If mold removal or clean up was done

When a 3rd party is effecting repairs and you need to make sure they are done correctly

There are 3 main options for testing

Surface Testing

This is done to look for evidence of actual current or past mold growth. The tester will use either a swab or a tape lift to obtain their sample. These tests can tell if the growth is from actual water damage and intrusion or if it is excessively humid in the home. Dark and discolored growth is not always microbial and would mean it is not from a water damage situation. When you see visual growth it is always important to get a sample of it as well as an air quality sample to ensure spores have not been released into the air.

Indoor air quality testing

This is done by taking numerous samples from within the inside of the home as well as a base line sample of the air quality on the outside of the home. These samples will be able to tell if you have hidden moisture leaks.

Indoor Air Quality with Comprehensive moisture evaluation.

This testing is done to provide a full scope picture of what is really going on in the home. It is able to locate sources of moisture that overtime could damage the property or become a health concern. Mold and moisture damage can drastically affect the value of a home over time. So it is important to stay on top of things and help prevent any major damage. Identifying the damage early can save you in the long run.

Remember when you have any doubts or questions about mold in your home talk to a professional get your results and get it right the first time. Call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher for all of your mold testing and mold inspection needs.

Cleaner air makes for healthier employees

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

If you think the air you breathe indoors is cleaner than what’s outside, think again. The EPA estimates indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. All that bad air translates into everything from frequent colds and sore throats to headaches, asthma, allergies and chronic fatigue, which in turn causes employee downtime.

When dust, debris and other contaminants build up in your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, they can trigger allergies and other health issues. But they also reduce energy efficiency, which increases your energy costs. Now you have two compelling reasons to make sure the air ducts and HVAC system in your workplace are running efficiently.

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

Dust

Pollen

Odors

Dirt and debris

Other contaminants

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.

However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.

The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.

May help to eliminate offensive odors.

Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.

For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call us today, (708) 672-0077.

The water may recede but flood damage can remain

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

Flood Damage

Flooding causes problems wherever it happens. Some of these problems are not visible to the naked eye. You might be able to smell the microbial deposits left behind, and this should be a warning that even floods that barely cover your floor can pose risks long after they are gone.

In Chicago Heights, flood damage can cause damage to a home's structure, including the foundation or basement walls. The higher flooding becomes, the more damage there can be to walls, furniture, and staircases. Microbial activity, however, can occur in areas well above the flood line. Because humidity levels greatly increase indoors when flooding exists, it becomes much more likely that microbes such as mold and bacteria might be inhaled by those present in the home. Also, these microbes are also more easily deposited in locations that might have otherwise remained uncontaminated.

Mold is not the only microbe that can grow in your home. Bacteria can also do the same thing. Similarly to mold, some types of bacteria are more toxic than others. Because of the possible risks from both types of microbes, it is always best to remove any materials in flood-damaged homes and replace them with new materials. Areas that are not damaged by flood water, but rather instead by moisture that contains possible pathogens can be dried and then protected with antimicrobial agents. SERVPRO professionals receive training from the IICRC in such matters. We understand that thoroughness when completing each job is crucial for protecting our customers' homes and their families.

To ensure that humidity levels are reduced to normal after a flood, we implement equipment hat not only eliminates a significant portion of the microbes present, but we also restore the house and its contents to a normal level of humidity. Moisture levels that are within normal ranges are not conducive to microbial growth. Heaters, air movers, open windows and doors, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers help us accomplish this. When musty odors remain, we have the options of deodorizing with scented liquids placed in different sites in your home or using an ozone machine. Ozone bonds with particles in the air, making them inert. Ozone is what makes the air so fresh-smelling after a rain shower, and it can do the same thing in your home.

We at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher care about your home and your family. After flood damage, call us at (708) 672-0077. We can restore your home, so it is “Like it never even happened.”

Water damage in the Park Forest, Glennwood, Lynwood area

3/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Is the Company to Call for Water Damage Restoration

There is never a right time for water damage to happen in your home. Water is the single most destructive substance for the environment inside your home. Flooding or excess moisture can make structures and your personal property deteriorate rapidly. The problem gets more severe when the water has become unsanitary, or services for clean-up are delayed. 
 
The harmful effects of water in your home are reduced dramatically by fast and efficient intervention, especially when it is done in 24 to 48 hours. Water removal in Glenwood can be done even when the damage looks severe, and cleanup and restoration from an experienced company such as SERVPRO can produce amazing results. From furniture to family heirlooms, we have restored water-damaged structures and properties successfully for many years. 
 
Water Damage Cleanup and Repair 
The process of water damage restoration in Lynwood is quite scientific. To figure out if your property can be restored or if anything needs replacing, our technicians at SERVPRO evaluate three criteria: 
 
• How much damage there is to your property 
• The degree of contamination 
• Replacement costs versus the restoration costs 
 
If the damage is not dealt with properly, water damage causes major interruption to your life, financial burdens and potential risks to the health of you and your family. 
 
Stop Mold Before It Starts 
Water extraction in Park Forest has to happen fast because additional water damage can occur in hours, not days or weeks. Mold growth is a possible problem. To stop mold before it starts growing in your home, you need the fast services of SERVPRO. Even though very dangerous molds do not occur every day, any mold has the potential to create health problems, and the correct removal is crucial. From initial air quality testing and identification of mold to safe methods of removal, we ensure your property is quickly and professionally repaired. We take the time to check for any hidden mold with our special equipment. 
 
You can feel secure that we handle the water damage clean up thoroughly and promptly. We understand how important this is to prevent further harm, and also walk with you through all the steps until we are sure you fully understand our processes. 
 
SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher is ready to help you out whenever you need. We can be easily reached when you dial (708) 672-0077, so do not hesitate when your home has suffered from water damage of any kind. 
Village information on Glenwood, Lynwood & Park Forest
Village of Glenwood, IL - http://www.villageofglenwood.com/
Village of Lynwood, IL - http://www.lynwoodil.us/
Village of Park Forest, IL - http://www.villageofparkforest.com/

SERVPRO mold damage in your Beecher home

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

In Beecher, SERVPRO Remediates Damage from Mold

Mold contamination presents a variety of challenges. To understand why it helps to become familiar with some basic information about mold and its behavior.

If you think that mold damage is developing in your Beecher area home, you need access to accurate information from a quality restoration company that wants to help you become more informed and able to care for your property correctly. 
 
At SERVPRO, we know mold and mold remediation and are happy to provide you with the answers you need. To learn more about what mold is, we need to understand that there are several different species of mold, all of which may be hazardous if the right conditions exist. 
 
Mold spores float unseen through the air, attaching itself to moisture sources that exist in your home. Under the right conditions, these spores can form colonies and begin contaminating your home with 24 to 48-hours of initial contact. 
 
However, why does it grow in your home? Unfortunately, most man-made structures offer the ideal conditions for mold growth to occur. Molds flourish in temperatures ranging from 59 to 95 degrees, and if moisture is present, often thrive on materials most commonly found in your home including, wood, paper, drywall, food, paint, fabrics, insulation, and even dust. 
 
SERVPRO technicians have seen mold growth start in areas due to many different water damage situations including, flooding, leaky roofs, windows, and even plumbing malfunctions. When in fact, excessive humidity is often enough moisture for mold to grow. 
 
Mold is a living organism that extracts nutrients from the material is grows on to survive even the harshest environments. Given enough time, mold can weaken the structure of your home and endanger the health of your family. You may think that mold dies during winter months where the weather drops below acceptable levels. However, it is possible for mold to remain dormant, waiting for the right conditions to exist before growing again. 
 
While it is possible to control mold growth found in your home by taking reasonable precautions, the mold may never get entirely removed from your home. SERVPRO technicians can help you learn how to avoid mold issues by controlling the moisture sources found in your home and by taking the correct measures when accidents happen. 
 
Our mold remediation process uses a variety of techniques and special equipment to identify obvious and hidden areas affected by mold growth and the water sources feeding them. We isolate the affected area, repair damaged water sources, remove invested materials, and use industrial air scrubbers to clean and sanitize, along with fogging equipment to remove unpleasant odors and deodorize the entire area. 
 
If you see or even suspect mold growth in your home, contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher immediately for help. (708) 672-0077

SERVPRO building relationships with businesses

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

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." 

Yes you can get mold in the Winter months

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps Chicago Heights Homes With Mold Remediation

A mistake many homeowners make is to believe mold damage is only a warm weather issue. In fact, many types of mold grow easily in your home even when temperatures dip below freezing. At SERVPRO we train our mold specialists to inspect for mold 365 days a year when you call to complain of a musty odor or a visible fungal colony.

Mold damages your Chicago Heights home dependent upon three things. The first is the presence of mold spores. They are always present inside every home. The second is a source of water to feed the spores. Spills, leaks, and drain pans are some of the ways water is present in any home.The third is a surface or item upon or within which the mold colony takes hold. Wood, upholstery drywall, and carpeting are some options; Common home molds grow in temperatures as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Most areas inside your home are at or above that temperature even during the dead of winter. Because mold growth happens only when moisture is present expect to find issues where plumbing leaks or water makes its way inside, including ice dams and condensation on the surface of poorly caulked windows. Our staff looks everywhere in your home for areas where the conditions are right for mold growth and then develops an appropriate plan for abatement. 
 
Hoping that mold damage disappears during the colder season is disastrous for your home and allows it to take a more serious toll on its structure and your belongings. Experts identify over 100,000 types of mold your home may be supporting. Fear of the health consequences of mold growth is just one reason to seek remediation. Consult your healthcare professional to discuss whether you are members of your family need to worry about mold in your home. Mold outbreaks that pose no risk to health are still unpleasant, malodorous, and sometimes capable of damaging structures, fixtures, and contents of your home. SERVPRO mold remediation specialists systematically contain and remove all kinds of mold, leaving your home fresher and intact. 
 
SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher has you covered with information about and techniques to remediate mold in your home 12 months a year. Call us at (708) 672-0077 when areas smell musty and count on a successful mold reduction plan from our staff.

Snow Storm damage in Beecher

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher service area has been hit with snow this week.  The question we get is can snow storms be a possible hazard to my home? The answer is yes, it can!

Typically, we don’t get enough snow that hangs around long enough top worry much about this in our area. Folks in the north are a little more concerned about this than we are because of the greater amount of snowfall and generally colder sustained temperatures. But with snow covering roofs in our area and record low temperatures forecasted the conditions are right for a problem commonly referred to as ice damming.

An ice dam forms when ice builds up on the eaves of the roof and any water behind it has nowhere to go and may end up in your home. This happens because heat gathers in your attic and slightly warms the roof above. The eaves however do not warm like the rest of the roof because they do not have the warm air of your attic under them, they have the cold outside air underneath. As the snow melts from the warmer portion of the roof and runs down it can freeze over the eaves forming an ice dam. As thawing continues above the water running down is trapped behind the dam.

Water will always follow the path of least resistance. In this case it can back up under shingles. Once under the shingle it will makes its way down under the roof inside your attic. From there it can settle on the ceiling or make its way down wall cavities. If snow melts makes its way into your home don’t panic. Stay calm and call SERVPRO.

Water damage to your Glenwood business

1/16/2018 (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 small commercial water damage situations in Glenwood 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 mounted water 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. 
 
Contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher today and obtain the services your business deserves. (708) 672-0077

Winter Storm Preparedness in Glenwood, IL

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Winter Storm Preparedness: Prevent Frozen Water Pipes

Winter storms are here and it won't be the last.

The National Severe Storms Laboratory categories a winter storm as having snow, sleet, or freezing rain.  In Glenwood, we can see any of this type of precipitation throughout the winter months. When the temperature is below the freezing point and precipitation is in the forecast, that’s when our office knows what types of calls we’ll be getting: water damages.

How Water Pipes Freeze and Break

A water damage during a winter storm happens when your pipes freeze.  When water freezes, it expands and creates pressure inside the pipe, which can cause it to break.  The pipes that are most likely to freeze are those outside the home that are exposed.  Other vulnerable pipes are those indoors that don’t have access to heat, like those under your kitchen cabinets or in the garage.

Indoor Frozen Pipe Prevention

  • Before temperatures reach freezing, insulate exposed and vulnerable pipes.  You can do this by installing pipe sleeves or even wrapping the pipes with newspaper.
  • Close the garage door to prevent cold air from coming in.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep your home heated above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

If your pipes still freeze and you have a water damage, give us a call immediately and follow the following steps:

  1. Don’t delay.  Call us as soon as you notice your water damage.  The longer water stands in a structure, the more damage it will cause.  As soon as you call, we will schedule a crew of technicians to travel to your home and begin remediation.  
  2. Cut off the water source, if possible.
  3. Get textiles off the floor.  Many homeowners rush to put down towels to stop the water flow, and that’s okay.  Towels can easily be cleaned at our textile cleaning facility if need be.  What you want to look out for are small fragile textiles or objects on the floor that can be damaged by water.
  4. Begin documentation.  Start with the point of origin and all affected areas.  While our technicians will also take the document, it's important to start documenting as soon as possible to prove your loss to your insurance company.

Be Aware of the Weather

Keep your eye on the weather forecast.  Not only will you be prepared to travel safely, it’ll also give you to valuable time to prepare your home and keep it, and everyone living inside it, safe.  

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher

We can be reached 24/7/365 at (708) 672-0077

“Like it never even happened”

Holiday Fire Tips for Chicago Heights

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

The holidays offer many opportunities for family and friends to gather, but they also come with an increased fire risk. With a little extra attention and care, you can help your family have a happy and safe holiday season.

Cooking

The holidays don’t feel like the holidays without delicious food. While cooking always presents potential fire hazards, home cooking fires always spike up around the holiday season.

When you have lots of cooks in the kitchen, it’s easy for things to get messy and confusing. However, a cluttered, chaotic kitchen is a hazardous kitchen. Make sure to keep flammable objects, like towels, packaging, and potholders, away from the stove. Communicate with everyone in the kitchen so you don’t leave the stovetop or oven on when it’s not in use. Wipe up spills quickly, and don’t let grease pile up around a burner.

If a deep-fried turkey is on the menu, make sure you fry it on a flat surface outside at least 10 feet away from the house.

Holiday Lights

While holiday lights can add a fun ambience to your home, it’s important to decorate safely. When you first open a package of new lights or crack open a box of previously-loved strands, take time to inspect each strand. If you find frayed or cracked wires or any broken sockets, return them or throw them away.

Don’t put more strands of lights on your tree than the packaging recommends. Overloading trees (and outlets) are a common cause of holiday fires. Unplug your holiday lights (and tree, if applicable) before you go to bed or leave the house.

If you want to hang lights outside, don’t use nails or staples as they can damage the wiring. Invest in quality hooks or hangers. Once the holidays are over, take down all outside lights. Small animals, like squirrels, may start chewing on the wires if you leave them up all year.

Menorahs

If your family uses menorahs for Hanukkah, you could consider using an electric one to cut down on fire hazards. If you prefer traditional candles, just be careful.

Keep the menorah at least three feet away from flammable items, and make sure you place a non-flammable surface, like an aluminum foil-lined tray, underneath the menorah to catch the melting wax.

Christmas Trees

Setting up the Christmas tree can mark the beginning of the Christmas holiday for many families. Unfortunately, if they are not properly set up and taken care of, they pose a large fire risk.

Keep the Christmas tree at least three feet away from fireplaces or heating elements in your home.

If you prefer a live Christmas tree, make sure to care for it properly. A dry tree can start to engulf a room in flames within a minute of ignition. Help reduce fire risks with the following guidelines:

  • Buy a fresh tree. When you first choose the tree, the pine needles should be green and not easily broken.
  • Cut off the bottom. When you get the tree home, cut two inches of the bottom to create a raw cut so the tree can soak in water.
  • Water the tree daily. Well-watered trees are less likely to catch fire.
  • Throw it out promptly. No matter how much you water it, your tree will dry out over time. Once the pine needles start to fall off and the tree starts to dry, it’s time to throw it out.

If you choose an artificial tree, consider flame-resistant or flame-retardant options.

Taking steps to prevent holiday fires can help reduce the risk, but there’s always a possibility of a fire. If your home suffers fire damage, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher can help.

We have the knowledge and experience to properly treat fire and smoke damage to make your home “Like it never even happened.” We offer 24/7 emergency service; call us anytime at (708) 672-0077.

Mold remediation experts for schools, businesses and homes

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Any Type of Mold Should Be Quickly Remediated By Professionals

Mold whether slight or in mass colonies is a serious matter that can become worse. If mold is left untreated, it can become a serious problem. It causes health risks and can cause deteriorating significant structural damage to your home or office. If left unattended, mold can cause warped walls, warped floors, warped ceilings and weaken the foundation of any property. Sometimes you can't see mold because it hides behind walls, in attics, in basements, crawlspaces or underneath floors. Mold grows due to water, humidity or moisture, which must be located and removed. If you don't see mold, but you smell musty odors, call SERVPRO immediately for a quick inspection. 
 
Any mold damage in Lynwood must be handled with care and with immediate restorative knowledge. We are highly trained in treating mold and how its spores grow. Our years of experience have let us know that every mold damage problem is different, and it requires a unique solution. We follow a general IICRC mold remediation process to help restore you back to a normal and healthy environment. We begin with a meticulous inspection and a mold damage assessment. Our mold containment process involves using advanced procedures to isolate the contaminated area. We further use negative air pressure to keep the spores from spreading. No fans or heating/cooling systems will be used because they will spread the mold. 
 
Our specialized filtration equipment helps to capture microscopic mold spores. We then use powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums. For cleaning surfaces, we are well equipped with antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to get rid of mold colonies. To clean your contents and belongings, we use a variety of cleaning techniques. We work with you and your insurance representatives on infested porous materials before we discard them. A full restoration system is the final step. It may involve minor repairs like replacing drywalls, painting and installing new carpeting. It may also require more significant repairs, such as the reconstruction of different areas or rooms within your home or business. 
 
SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher treats all of our residential and commercial residents with the respect that you deserve. Mold can be an embarrassing event for a business or a homeowner. But we understand that mold issues can happen right before your eyes and without your knowledge. Our mold remediation professionals will help treat and remove mold so that it does not return. Call us today at (708) 672-0077 for an assessment visit. We look forward to your phone call!

SERVPRO Advanced Cleaning Equipment Salvages Many Belongings

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Advanced Cleaning Equipment Salvages Many Belongings

You might think that restoring your items or belongings after a major fire, flood or storm where the damage seems catastrophic is impossible. But our expertly trained staff at SERVPRO is here to ask that you not dispose of any items that you have damaged during an event until our professional technicians have had an opportunity to inspect them. 

Our access to the Esporta Washing System in Lynwood after a storm gives us more opportunities to restore items before calling them a loss. The success that we've had in using this system has produced tremendous results that most customers can't believe, even when they see it themselves. Many soiled and contaminated soft items after a flooding can be salvaged.

This system is used by our expertly trained technicians at SERVPRO to provide you with a solution to restoring your soft goods to their pre-damage condition. We use it to clean, freshen and disinfect items such as clothing, stuffed animals, luggage, thick coats and even footwear. The system is useful for restoring several different types of objects that you may think lost forever. 

SERVPRO technicians utilize Esporta's 4-Step process to renewal, a system that is used to repair your items to their pre-damage condition. 

1.) Detergent - Adding an environmentally safe chemical that includes solvents to help remove oil-based soils, smoke, sewer and body odors. While also having enough punch to kill 99.9997% of all mold, bacteria, fungus and viruses and being specifically designed for preventing itself from damaging leathers, fabrics, and foam items. It also includes a brightening agent. 

2.) Penetration - A water pressure system that cleans and penetrates your items while keeping things centered as a wheel moves through the water. Allowing the hydraulic pressure to force contaminants out of your belongings using the detergent. 

3.) Forced Additive - Used to remove the penetrator detergent along with all mold spores, bacteria, and viruses on contact. 

4.) Signature Fragrance - A combination of 140 different extracts that are used to introduce a fresh, long-lasting fragrance. 

Let our professionals at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher put this system to work for you, call us today. (708) 672-0077

How to handle fire damage in Beecher

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Water Damage Issues in Lansing

10/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Issues in Lansing

Water damage in Lansing is a problem which most property owners dread. When it rains heavily, the risk for this kind of damage rises. Water can create thousands of dollars’ worth of damage that affect electronics, upholstery, wood furniture, plumbing equipment and household appliances. Water damage will also raise the risk of the growth of mold, which can be quite an expensive problem to treat. Hiring a company for water damage restoration, such as SERVPRO, can make the process of cleanup a lot easier to handle, since we employ experienced workers who know the right ways to repair and replace any items which have damaged and how to help you with water damage cleanup. 

Reasons for Water Damage 

There can be different causes for water damage in Lansing. Clogged toilets, broken hoses on your dishwasher, broken dishwashers, leaky roofs, overflowing washing machines, broken pipes and cracks in the foundation are just a few of the causes of water damage that are possible. Heavy rain and flooding in Lansing are other causes which are possible for this kind of damage, and can lead to having water in your basement as well. Too much water can cause minor problems in basement areas, or it can lead to the destruction of your home. After your home sustains water damage, it is imperative to begin water damage cleanup immediately. Beginning the cleanup of water damage as soon as you can increases how likely you can save water-soaked clothing, furniture, and other items. 

Process of Restoration 

The process of water restoration is an important one. Using the right materials and procedures could help you save your cherished belongings and may even prevent your home from being condemned. SERVPRO specializes in mitigating the effects of water on your home. However, the success of the restoration of water damage depends on how severe the damage is and how much water has caused the damage. We will assess your damages and figure out a water restoration and removal plan before beginning, going over everything with you first so that you understand what is going on and what is planned. When water is in your basement area, it could require just a short process of cleanup while water in other areas of your home could need much more extensive remediation. 

Hazards to Your Health 

 It is important that you hire us at SERVPRO as soon as you can after the water damage happens. The growth of mold and other organisms can be promoted by moisture, which increases the risk for health problems that are serious. Cleaning up right away can help to mitigate water damage’s health effects on all who reside in your home. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Some factors can cause water damage in Lansing, but no matter why your home has been hit by this type of damage, it needs to be addressed. Contact us at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher by dialing (708) 672-0077 anytime. We will be there to help you get your home back to its preloss state as soon as possible. 

Emergency Water Removal and Extraction in Lansing, IL

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Emergency Water Removal and Extraction in Lansing, IL Lansing, IL Water Removal

When it rains heavily, the risk for this kind of damage rises. Water can create thousands of dollars’ worth of damage that affect electronics, upholstery, wood furniture, plumbing equipment and household appliances. Water damage will also raise the risk of the growth of mold, which can be quite an expensive problem to treat. Hiring a company for water damage restoration, such as SERVPRO, can make the process of cleanup a lot easier to handle, since we employ experienced workers who know the right ways to repair and replace any items which have damaged and how to help you with water damage cleanup. 

SERVPRO is your one stop shop near Lansing, IL for water removal and water extraction. Removing water and drying structures properly prevents mold growth. Doing the job right the first time ensures there’s no need for costly mold solutions down the road. 

Lansing, IL Asbestos Testing and Abatement

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

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Lansing, IL Asbestos Testing and Abatement

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 lung and respiratory conditions. Not only workers are effected 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

How To Tackle Mold Damage in Monee

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

How To Tackle Mold Damage in Monee

When you discover mold in your Monee area home, you may be overwhelmed thinking about the damage. While there may be areas of damage that you can see, there may also be mold and related issues that are not visible. You may worry about how much damage lies beneath the walls in your home and how damaged the support structure is. Beecher mold damage on your property may be significant or minor, but regardless of how severe it is, you understandably want to kill the mold and repair the damage as soon as possible. Keep in mind that mold growth has the potential to cause illness as well as damage the materials that help your home stand tall. There are a few steps to follow to repair the damage left by mold.

Killing the Mold 

The first step in the Monee mold damage remediation process is to kill the mold, and this requires a special process that removes the mold without disrupting the spores. When the spores are disrupted, they can become airborne and travel throughout the property to land in different areas of the home. If this happens, the mold can ultimately begin growing in a new area of the property, and the problem can become much more significant. The last thing you want is to spread mold throughout the home, so it is best to allow professionals to handle the mold for you using advanced techniques and equipment. 

Repairing the Damage

The next step in the Monee mold damage remediation process is to repair the damage. The mold may cause staining and discoloration on some surfaces. It may also deteriorate the structural integrity of some surfaces such as supporting wood and carpet flooring. Because of this, some surfaces will need to be repaired, and others will need to be replaced. Professional mold remediation experts will be able to better determine if surfaces need to be repaired or replaced, and they can provide you with the service necessary to fully restore the home to its former condition. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Regardless of whether you have a small area of mold growth on your property or a significant area, one thing is certain: You need professional assistance to repair the damage. SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher can help improve the condition of your property. We are locally owned, and our technicians are on standby waiting for your call. We are available to respond to your request for remediation services for mold damage quickly, ensuring that the damage doesn't get worse. Call our office today at (708) 672-0077 to request a time for our professionals to visit your property.

The ERP Plan from SERVPRO is a Valuable Tool Against Fire and Water Damage in Lynwood

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

The ERP Plan from SERVPRO is a Valuable Tool Against Fire and Water Damage in Lynwood

What is your preference if disaster strikes -- prepared or panicked? When fire or water damage threatens your property, knowing you have a detailed action plan solidly in place gives you confidence that your home or business is on the road to a speedy and sure restoration. We partner with you to get a complete recovery blueprint crafted and in place. 
 
Developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile and Plan safeguards your investment by streamlining our response to your troubles. Select us as your SERVPRO Franchise Representative, and start by scheduling a free, no-obligation walk-through of either your home or your business with one of our professional assessors. A review of your physical plant sharpens our focus on how to best respond to your property’s unique needs in the event of a catastrophic fire event in Lynwood. We also recommend adjustments for you to better prepare for loss based on our experience. 
 
The next step is to create your account online. Complete an Emergency Ready Profile for your property, following the template provided. Owning or operating more than one property simply means you fill out a Profile for each. The Profile app directs the procedure, including prompts to take and archive pictures and layouts of all areas. Utility locations and shutoffs are pinpointed, and sprinkler and alarm systems are delineated. Key managers or employees to whom you delegate decision-making authority are determined. Identify the owner of the building if you lease space. 
 
We suggest the use of a tablet or phone to record the data requested in the SERVPRO Ready Plan Application, including taking pictures. A Field Form downloaded, printed, and completed as you tour the property also is acceptable for you to use as a preliminary source of information. Once you finish the walk-through, log into your account and load the details online, adding the pictures taken per the prompts. 
 
Once your Emergency Ready Profiles and Plan (ERPs) are saved our SERVPRO will hit the ground running when you or your representative contact us after a disaster or mishap. Use the mobile app to log into your account and alert us about the specific situation. The app speedily leads you through the process, using the information you previously inputted. We have a clear and concise plan at our fingertips, permitting our technicians to get to work immediately to restore the damage. The established plan is vastly preferable to our crew familiarizing themselves with the building under stress and needing many questions answered. 
 
Being "Ready for whatever happens" inspires faith in your customers, employees, and family. It is clear your business recovers and thrives, or your home again provides comfort and shelter. Work with the professionals at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher to devise an Emergency Ready Profile and Plan to protect your business, home, or other property from fire damage by calling (708) 672-0077 before a disaster occurs.

SERVPRO is here when you have fire damage to your Peotone business

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Fire Damage Losses to Your Retail or Rental Property

Fire damage doesn't need to be caused by a house fire that damages the entire home for it to be substantial. Even small fires can create fire damage that is not only unsightly but also a risk to the people who live in the home. Some damage can be hidden from view, inside the interiors of walls or under flooring, and can still cause damage and deterioration. This can create weaknesses in the structures that can later become apparent when significant weight or pressure on and the wall or floor causes its collapse. Larger fires cause damage that is often quite visible and can create dangerous areas in a home or rental apartment. For the safety of the renter and the structure, this is the reason all fire damage should be cleaned up and repaired immediately after a fire has occurred. 

What You Should Do When Your Apartment or Retail Space has had a Small Fire? 
If your Chicago Heights investment has had a small fire, you should realize that while the damage may not be as extensive as one that has destroyed an entire unit, the damage should still be cleaned up by professionals like our technicians. SERVPRO technicians receive training in IICRC protocols and an ongoing certification. Experience is not our only strong point – we continually update our skills and our equipment. 

Even small areas of damage should not be overlooked, as the secondary fire and smoke damage can quickly spread. Calling us to help repair any damage should be your first step in dealing with even a small fire. Don't let the size of the blaze trick you into thinking that the harm isn't bad enough to need professional repairs and cleaning. We have the skills to eliminate the damage, allowing you to forget that a fire even took place. And keep your doors open for business. Smoke and soot should be removed from the furnace and A/C duct work. Careful cleaning is required in the event of "puff-back" soot staining from your heating unit. Electronic equipment and retail products need rapid attention to minimizing damage from the corrosive nature of these fire by-products. Pitting of metal and eliminating odors and staining save inventory loss.

We Can Help Renters, Also 
If you live in a rented house, having repairs made can also help you retain your security deposit when you move to another location. Having a fire and fire damage itself will not keep you from having your deposit returned to you – it is when damage is present upon your moving out and vacating the premises. Commercial fire damage can result from many different factors. Consider professional assistance to protect your investment.

Call us, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher, at (708) 672-0077, for cleanup and restoration. We are ready to answer your call and respond to your emergency. We will eliminate any damage and make it “Like it never even happened."

Understanding mold in Chicago Heights

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Learn more about our mold remediation process.

  1. Emergency Contact - (708) 672-0077
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of this community. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

Water Damage Restoration Tips For Your House in Crete

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration Tips For Your House After A Flood

A few years back, homes, business properties and personal items devastated by flood water were considered lost. With innovations in technology, however, the losses due to flood damage can now be restored to their former state. The process is not easy though for it requires extensive mopping up and drying of the property after severe water damage.

Flood water in home or business can damage your walls, floors, carpets and other personal belongings too. Extracting the water is impossible without proper equipment while sun drying does not guarantee your assets’ restoration to their former state before the incident. There is also an additional risk that the water in home might have damaged electrical equipment or wires. Anyone tampering with either could be in for a horrible electrocution during the water cleanup and restoration.

For these reasons, water cleanup and restoration is best handled by professionals. They have the requisite experience, state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to do the job properly and offer mitigation against further damage. If the renovation job requires extensive work, promptness in beginning the works is paramount. The less the time-frame between flood damage and refurbishment, the greater the ease of reinstating a property or item to its preloss state. There are four fundamental steps to follow with any renovation job after water damage:

1. Removal of the flood water
The first important step to restoring a property after damaging from water in home or business premise is removing the stagnant water. Often, a submersible pump is used to remove the water accumulation in various structures around the premises. The pump is highly efficient at its job and makes drying of entire submerged sections easier. As a result, it helps in mitigation by preventing further flood damage in the premises.

2. Moisture Mapping
It is crucial to get an idea of the extent of water damage and take the first mitigation steps against mold growth. The step uses detection equipment to obtain and appropriately map the moisture values on the property. Properly trained technicians use infrared and digital imaging to determine the damage extent.

3. Mold Inspection and Removal
After moisture mapping, the house will need to be prepared to repel mold and mildew. Any residual stagnant water in business or homestead leads to a favorable habitat for the fungi to thrive thus mitigation against it is essential. Water cleanup professionals make use of special detergents to sterilize the area and make the surroundings unfavorable for mold growth. Some renovation firms take advantage of deodorization and ventilation during this step to remove any airborne contaminants and lingering, unpleasant odors.

4. Water Drying
This last step ensures the property is completely dry and humidity is brought back to its normal state after flood damage. There are various water drying techniques and the one used will depend on the situation’s severity. These techniques include:

• Air Movers – They help dry the establishment by controlling humidity and promoting air circulation. Working in sections, the air movers remove liquids from all porous materials including carpets and wood. Any remaining water in home or business premises is left for more sophisticated machines.

• Dehumidifiers – dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and help extract any remaining water in business or home environment. Broadly, professionals use either desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifier. Desiccant dehumidifiers use raw materials that naturally absorb moisture from the environment. Conversely, refrigerant dehumidifiers operate by cooling the air to make it reduce its ability to retain water. As a result, condensation occurs around the equipment’s cooling coils. Applying these machines on a large scale promptly extracts excess humidity from the air leaving no more water in business or household and thus no further water damage. The particular type of equipment, however, depends on the hired company and the how extensive the restoration job is.

With the right professionals, a successful water cleanup is possible, and any damage from water in business or home establishment can be fixed. Each job, however, is unique and requires prompt, proper investigation. This helps come up with a plan based on the steps above to restore the property after water damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROmattesonhomewood.com for more information on water damage

Damage from water in Steger

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water extraction is an evolved science that encompasses a professional assessment of the water damage and the creation of a plan of action for recovery. The professionals in this industry are Certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) or Certified Mold Technicians (CMT). They utilize established equations and properties of materials, psychrometry (the study of gas-vapor mixtures), an understanding of mold and microbial activity, and water restoration equipment technology to determine the set of industry accepted mitigation protocols to use.

The use of equations, properties of materials, and psychometrics is needed because water behaves differently depending on its state (liquid, gas, or solid), temperature, the type of material it has penetrated (wood, dry wall, ceramic, concrete, cloth, etc.), and the environmental conditions (relative humidity & temperature). Once all of these parameters are known, calculations are made to determine the most efficient extraction rate possible without causing additional damage.

Mold and microbial growth is possible in the presence of water so it’s vital that the offending water be extracted as soon as possible. Although everyone has seen mold in the past, in many cases mold is not visible. Determining the presence of non-visible mold requires a Certified Mold Technician to take swab samples of the affected material and send the samples to a certified lab for analysis.

There is a wide range of water restoration equipment available to perform water extraction. Suffice to say that it is important to have the right equipment selected for the particular water restoration job at hand.

Fire safety for you business in Beecher

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

The fire services recommend this checklist to assist your small business in preventing damage that could be caused by fire:

  • Avoid storing or stockpiling flammable materials such as packaging materials or waste where they could be accessed by the public, including areas immediately outside your business premises.
  • Make sure all machinery is serviced as recommended by manufacturers and is kept clean. If possible, switch machinery off when the business is unattended.
  • Secure all doors, windows or other access points when the business is unattended, and make sure your business has adequate lighting to deter trespassers.
  • Ensure your business has an adequately serviced and functional fire alarm system that is suitable to your small business eg: Remote serviced alarm systems, sprinkler systems, thermal or smoke alarms etc.
  • If your business stores dangerous goods, ensure their storage and use adheres to legislative requirements.
  • Make sure your business has a written and practiced fire escape plan that includes full staff lists and designated meeting points.

Is your Chicago Heights business prepared?

6/28/2017 (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 

The Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning in Chicago Heights

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

The Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer vent cleaning prevents fires. You will want to make sure that your home or commercial property is completely safe. Whether by flooding, fire or some other mishap, there are plenty of ways that your property can be threatened. One of the best ways to ensure that you are prepared for a catastrophic emergency is always to have a local residential and commercial property cleanup and restoration service.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Prevents Fires 

Keep your property from sustaining irreversible fire damage. Making sure your dryer vents are clean and free from obstruction will help keep your property safe from the possibility of a fire. It's also an excellent precaution to take to keep the air in the building from getting choked up with dust, lint and other health hazards that can accumulate in a dryer vent. 

Get Help from a Local Cleanup and Restoration Service 

It's up to you to contact an expert local cleaning and fire restoration service to ensure that your vents get cleaned in a correct and timely fashion. When you are in doubt as to whether the vents or other areas in your home are functioning correctly, a good, thorough cleaning is never a bad idea. 

Even if it turns out that your property is not quite yet due for a full cleaning, a reputable local cleanup service can help such as removing any excess pollen or debris that has accumulated in the vents. This way, you can save a great deal of time, money and worry by taking timely preventative measures. Keeping the proper level of air quality in your home or commercial building will go a long way toward keeping the structure safe for your family or employees to inhabit. An expert local service will ultimately save you a great deal of time and stress.

Expert Help for Dryer Vent Cleaning Is Available 

At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher, we know that dryer vent cleaning prevents fires. This is only one of the many services that we can provide for you to make sure that your home or commercial property will be safe against the event of an unforeseen mishap or emergency. If an emergency should befall your property, you'll want to call a service that can get to you in a prompt and timely manner. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

If you are in need of quick and efficient dryer vent cleaning, we're here to assist you.

Handling fire damage in Monee

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

How to Handle Fire Damage

Fire damage in Monee 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 Crete 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.

Mold in schools is a problem

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher's Disaster Recovery Team is ready and equipped to help with many different disasters, including clean ups due to microbial growth in schools. Microbial growth is a concern for all of us but select populations of people are more vulnerable to be affected. When children are concerned we do not feel there is a limit to precautions and safety measures to be taken. We are able to help local schools who have microbial growth in their buildings safely and correctly mediate the problem. We work after hours and over weekends to limit exposure to any dust or particulates as well as comply with third party testing to certify that work was done correctly and completely. If you suspect there is microbial growth present call us to speak about mold solutions.

Many School Districts, School Board members and Superintendents trust the SERVPRO brand to do the job right and on budget. 

Property damage from a storm in Beccher

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Promptly Restores Your Beecher Storm Damaged Property

When you have suffered any flood damage, whether it was from backups in the basement sewer or from a large-scale disaster from a major storm, you’ll need certified technicians who know how to handle best flood damage, especially storm related. The last thing you want to have to do is search for a flood cleanup company that is reliable after you are dealing with a flood. Knowing who to call beforehand is important and will make things move much faster in the event of a problem. 

It can be deceptive to how much damage water really does. It will penetrate into structural cavities, making pockets of trapped saturation. Finding water in these areas can many times only be discovered with moisture meters. Moisture which goes undetected will keep causing damage, and this damage at a minimum will result in unpleasant odors. Even more, the damage will surface when materials shrink, delaminate and split, further deteriorating to where you will need very costly repairs. Plus, dangerous bacteria and mold can grow, causing very serious health problems for you and the members of your family. 

What You Can Expect 
Once you call a professional water damage cleanup service like SERVPRO, we will first come and remove all the water in your residence with tools such as vacuums. The professional equipment that we use will allow the company to get all of the water out of your home without creating a larger mess while doing so. Large air movers can also be used to finish getting rid of the water and dry out the rooms in your home. The primary goal is to dry your home out as fast as possible to prevent further secondary water damage. 

Once the water is visibly dried up, our company should also go through with water meters so we can assess the damage. This will make spotting the source of any other water or moisture much easier, and once we’ve conducted any work which needs to be performed, we’ll take another reading to make sure your home is completely dry and back to its normal state. We will also use thermal foggers, ozone machines, and air scrubbers as needed to ensure that all odors have eliminated and all debris as well. Sanitizing the affected areas after a groundwater flooding is critical to remove any pathogens or other harmful agents

Not all companies are the same however, so that is why if you do have any water damage, you will want to contact the professional services of SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher right away. We can be reached anytime of the day or night and any day of the week by calling (708) 672-0077, and we arrive at your residence promptly since we are Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Water Damage Tips for Beecher

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (708) 672-0077

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Avoid Storm Damage with a Sump Pump in Monee

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Avoid Storm Damage with a Sump Pump in Monee Sump Pump Replacement SERVPRO Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher

If your home has a wet basement, you’re not alone. The American Society of Home Inspectors estimates that more than 60 percent of homes have issues with water in the basement.A sump pump can be an effective option for preventing water damage. Installed in a pit in the basement, these units sense when the water from rain or snow melt is rising in the pit and approaching the floor level. The incoming water is then pumped outside before it can damage the home or its furnishings.Sump pumps are relatively low-maintenance devices, but you can help keep your unit operational by inspecting it regularly. Steps in a regular maintenance program can include:

  • Checking the discharge line to make sure it is not stopped up or frozen. If necessary, unclog the air vent hole in the line.
  • Checking the inlet screen to ensure that it’s not clogged with residue and debris. Do this three or four times per year.
  • Making sure the float component is unobstructed and can move smoothly.
  • Scanning the pit and removing any visible debris, mud, or stones.
  • Testing the pump by slowly pouring a bucket of water into the pit. The float should rise with the water level, triggering the unit to start pumping. If pumping doesn’t begin, check to see that the unit is plugged in. Your float switch or check valve might also be at fault.
  • Going outside to see that water is discharging and flowing where it’s supposed to go – well away from your home.

Once a year, disconnect the pump from the power source and remove the unit. Flush it thoroughly with water to remove impurities and debris. While you have the pump out, also clean debris from the sump pit.  Reinstall the pump and reconnect the power source.  Test the unit by pouring a bucket of water into the pit and making sure the pump starts.If your unit has backup battery power, replace the battery every two to three years, or as directed by the manufacturer.Always refer to your pump’s instruction manual for specific information about maintenance and operation. More information about sump pumps is available from the Sump and Sewage Pump Manufacturers Association. If your sump pump does fail Call (708) 672-0077 and a crew from SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher will come out and dry your basement and all other ares that are wet.  We can also do Sump Pump Replacement if yours goes down.

Summer Fire Safety Tips!

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

Summer weather means cookouts, Fourth of July fireworks, and all sorts of campfire fun!


Sure it can be a good time for all our fellow Beecher residents, but it’s also important to ensure that everyone stays safe by observing a few simple fire protection guidelines.


SERVPRO is glad to bring you tips from FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration and the list of five summer fire safety tips:



  1. Keep a bucket of water handy. If an ember floats out of your fire pit, or a log falls down from your bonfire stack and sets nearby foliage, paper, or other flammable materials aflame, you don’t want to be scrambling for a way to put the fire out. Having a bucket of water nearby is a great first response tool to keep a fire under control.

  2. Supervise all fireworks (if fireworks are legal in your state, of course). Sparklers and pinwheels might seem “low risk,” but the reality is that there aren’t any fireworks out there that are safe enough for kids to use without adult supervision. It’s also important to ensure that no one tries to re-light fireworks that don’t work properly the first time. Dump these in a bucket of water and move on to the next package.

  3. Don’t let barbecue grease build up. Whether you’re using a charcoal or a gas grill, it’s important to keep it clean to prevent accidental grease fires caused by all of the gunk that can accumulate on a grill over time.

  4. Inspect the area around your BBQ and campfire. You don’t want to grill or light a campfire anywhere near other flammable materials. This includes deck railings, overhanging branches, dry grass or that pile of dry wood and recycling sitting in the back corner of your yard. If you’re camping, clear out the area immediately around your BBQ or campfire spot to be sure that there’s no scrub or brush nearby that could ignite if a spark lands on it.

  5. When you’re done with the fun, put out the flames. While it might seem romantic to fall asleep in front of a campfire, you really should dump water and/or sand on those embers before catching some shut-eye. The same goes for BBQs – close your propane valve and the unit’s lid, as well as any vents on a charcoal grill once you’re done. Unsupervised BBQs can easily tip over in the wind. A breeze can pick up and carry coals and embers from that campfire, dropping them where they can ignite dry grass, branches, trees or deck planks.


 

Mold in Commercial Buildings - Chicago Heights, IL

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Mold in Commercial Buildings - Chicago Heights, IL Mold on Ceilings due to high humidity

Concern about indoor exposure to mold has been increasing as the public becomes aware that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health effects and symptoms, including allergic reactions. This document presents guidelines for the remediation/cleanup of mold and moisture problems in schools and commercial buildings; these guidelines include measures designed to protect the health of building occupants and remediators. It has been designed primarily for:


 


 




    • Building managers



 




    • Custodians



 




    • Others who are responsible for commercial building and school maintenance



 


 


It should serve as a reference for potential mold and moisture remediators. Using this document, individuals with little or no experience with mold remediation should be able to make a reasonable judgment as to whether the situation can be handled in-house. It will help those in charge of maintenance to evaluate an in-house remediation plan or a remediation plan submitted by an outside contractor1. Contractors and other professionals who respond to mold and moisture situations in commercial buildings and schools may also want to refer to these guidelines.


 


Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.


 


 

Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on.


 


Many types of molds exist. All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants. Potential health concerns are an important reason to prevent mold growth and to remediate/clean up any existing indoor mold growth.


 


Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed, but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially leading to moisture buildup. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may include:


 


 




    • Roof leaks



 




    • Landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building



 




    • Unvented combustion appliances



 




    • Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance are also associated with moisture problems in schools and large buildings



 


 


Moisture problems in portable classrooms and other temporary structures have frequently been associated with mold problems. 


 


When mold growth occurs in buildings, adverse health problems may be reported by some building occupants, particularly those with allergies or respiratory problems. Remediators should avoid exposing themselves and others to mold-laden dusts as they conduct their cleanup activities. Caution should be used to prevent mold and mold spores from being dispersed throughout the air where they can be inhaled by building occupants.


 


info by: https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-remediation-schools-and-commercial-buildings-guide


 


As a trusted partner with local School Districts, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights- Crete - Beecher is always ready for whatever happens.

MOVING DAY!!!

3/28/2017 (Permalink)

Community MOVING DAY!!! The unpacking begins in the new offices in Manteno, IL.

March 24th was moving day for SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher.  The new warehouse in Manteno, IL will enable us to respond faster and work harder for any size disaster, from general cleaning of carpets/tiles/upholstery to fire/water/storm damages for residential and commercial buildings.

Even As Flood Waters Recede, Flood Damage Can Continue To Rise In Chicago Heights

3/10/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Even As Flood Waters Recede, Flood Damage Can Continue To Rise In Chicago Heights Flood damage can cause damage to a home's structure, including the foundation or basement walls.

Flood Damage


Flooding causes problems wherever it happens. Some of these problems are not visible to the naked eye. You might be able to smell the microbial deposits left behind, and this should be a warning that even floods that barely cover your floor can pose risks long after they are gone.

In Chicago Heights, flood damage can cause damage to a home's structure, including the foundation or basement walls. The higher flooding becomes, the more damage there can be to walls, furniture, and staircases. Microbial activity, however, can occur in areas well above the flood line. Because humidity levels greatly increase indoors when flooding exists, it becomes much more likely that microbes such as mold and bacteria might be inhaled by those present in the home. Also, these microbes are also more easily deposited in locations that might have otherwise remained uncontaminated.

Mold is not the only microbe that can grow in your home. Bacteria can also do the same thing. Similarly to mold, some types of bacteria are more toxic than others. Because of the possible risks from both types of microbes, it is always best to remove any materials in flood-damaged homes and replace them with new materials. Areas that are not damaged by flood water, but rather instead by moisture that contains possible pathogens can be dried and then protected with antimicrobial agents. SERVPRO professionals receive training from the IICRC in such matters. We understand that thoroughness when completing each job is crucial for protecting our customers' homes and their families.

To ensure that humidity levels are reduced to normal after a flood, we implement equipment hat not only eliminates a significant portion of the microbes present, but we also restore the house and its contents to a normal level of humidity. Moisture levels that are within normal ranges are not conducive to microbial growth. Heaters, air movers, open windows and doors, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers help us accomplish this. When musty odors remain, we have the options of deodorizing with scented liquids placed in different sites in your home or using an ozone machine. Ozone bonds with particles in the air, making them inert. Ozone is what makes the air so fresh-smelling after a rain shower, and it can do the same thing in your home.

We at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher care about your home and your family. After flood damage, call us at (708) 672-0077. We can restore your home, so it is “Like it never even happened.”

Water Removal in Glenwood, Lynwood & Park Forest

3/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal in Glenwood, Lynwood & Park Forest SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Homes

SERVPRO Is the Company to Call for Water Damage Restoration


There is never a right time for water damage to happen in your home. Water is the single most destructive substance for the environment inside your home. Flooding or excess moisture can make structures and your personal property deteriorate rapidly. The problem gets more severe when the water has become unsanitary, or services for clean-up are delayed.
 
The harmful effects of water in your home are reduced dramatically by fast and efficient intervention, especially when it is done in 24 to 48 hours. Water removal in Glenwood can be done even when the damage looks severe, and cleanup and restoration from an experienced company such as SERVPRO can produce amazing results. From furniture to family heirlooms, we have restored water-damaged structures and properties successfully for many years.
 
Water Damage Cleanup and Repair
The process of water damage restoration in Lynwood is quite scientific. To figure out if your property can be restored or if anything needs replacing, our technicians at SERVPRO evaluate three criteria:
 
• How much damage there is to your property
• The degree of contamination
Replacement costs versus the restoration costs
 
If the damage is not dealt with properly, water damage causes major interruption to your life, financial burdens and potential risks to the health of you and your family.
 
Stop Mold Before It Starts
Water extraction in Park Forest has to happen fast because additional water damage can occur in hours, not days or weeks. Mold growth is a possible problem. To stop mold before it starts growing in your home, you need the fast services of SERVPRO. Even though very dangerous molds do not occur every day, any mold has the potential to create health problems, and the correct removal is crucial. From initial air quality testing and identification of mold to safe methods of removal, we ensure your property is quickly and professionally repaired. We take the time to check for any hidden mold with our special equipment.
 
You can feel secure that we handle the water damage clean up thoroughly and promptly. We understand how important this is to prevent further harm, and also walk with you through all the steps until we are sure you fully understand our processes.
 
SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher is ready to help you out whenever you need. We can be easily reached when you dial (708) 672-0077, so do not hesitate when your home has suffered from water damage of any kind.
Village information on Glenwood, Lynwood & Park Forest
Village of Glenwood, IL - http://www.villageofglenwood.com/
Village of Lynwood, IL - http://www.lynwoodil.us/
Village of Park Forest, IL - http://www.villageofparkforest.com/

Protecting Against Mold Damage In Peotone

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Protecting Against Mold Damage In Peotone Peotone Mold Remediation by SERVPRO

In Peotone, SERVPRO Remediates Damage from Mold


Mold contamination presents a variety of challenges. To understand why it helps to become familiar with some basic information about mold and its behavior.


If you think that mold damage is developing in your Peotone area home, you need access to accurate information from a quality restoration company that wants to help you become more informed and able to care for your property correctly.
 
At SERVPRO, we know mold and mold remediation and are happy to provide you with the answers you need. To learn more about what mold is, we need to understand that there are several different species of mold, all of which may be hazardous if the right conditions exist.
 
Mold spores float unseen through the air, attaching itself to moisture sources that exist in your home. Under the right conditions, these spores can form colonies and begin contaminating your home with 24 to 48-hours of initial contact.
 
However, why does it grow in your home? Unfortunately, most man-made structures offer the ideal conditions for mold growth to occur. Molds flourish in temperatures ranging from 59 to 95 degrees, and if moisture is present, often thrive on materials most commonly found in your home including, wood, paper, drywall, food, paint, fabrics, insulation, and even dust.
 
SERVPRO technicians have seen mold growth start in areas due to many different water damage situations including, flooding, leaky roofs, windows, and even plumbing malfunctions. When in fact, excessive humidity is often enough moisture for mold to grow.
 
Mold is a living organism that extracts nutrients from the material is grows on to survive even the harshest environments. Given enough time, mold can weaken the structure of your home and endanger the health of your family. You may think that mold dies during winter months where the weather drops below acceptable levels. However, it is possible for mold to remain dormant, waiting for the right conditions to exist before growing again.
 
While it is possible to control mold growth found in your home by taking reasonable precautions, the mold may never get entirely removed from your home. SERVPRO technicians can help you learn how to avoid mold issues by controlling the moisture sources found in your home and by taking the correct measures when accidents happen.
 
Our mold remediation process uses a variety of techniques and special equipment to identify obvious and hidden areas affected by mold growth and the water sources feeding them. We isolate the affected area, repair damaged water sources, remove invested materials, and use industrial air scrubbers to clean and sanitize, along with fogging equipment to remove unpleasant odors and deodorize the entire area.
 
If you see or even suspect mold growth in your home, contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher immediately for help. (708) 672-0077

SERVPRO involvement on a Countywide Commercial scale

2/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO involvement on a Countywide Commercial scale Greg Stewart & Bill Wilczynski participated in the February Economic Alliance.

Involvement by 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. Recently two of our SMR's (Greg Stewart & Bill Wilczynski) attended the Kankakee County Economic Alliance meeting that was hosted at Olivet Nazarene University. Local and County business members and community leaders participated, where current happenings and futures plans were discussed. Building relationships at this level 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."

Mold Damage Remediation and Testing Required In Your Monee Area Home

2/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation and Testing Required In Your Monee Area Home SERVPRO Remediates Mold Problems in Monee

SERVPRO Advice: Skip the Mold Test, Call Us for Inspection and Possible Remediation

You locate a section of mold developing in your home and wonder what you should do about your situation. Some friends tell you that you need to identify the type of mold you have and others tell you that you can eliminate the problem yourself.
 
When you are facing the task of performing mold remediation and testing in your Monee area home, consider this. Most homeowners do not have the proper experience or expertise to give you advice. You should make it a point to contact someone that you trust for assistance with something you are unfamiliar with handling yourself.
 
There are a variety of remediation companies in existence today, like SERVPRO, which have the ability to help you through the situation you face in your home. However, not all of them can provide you with the services you need to correct the problem. What you want is access to a company that is upfront with you and only offers services that fit your unique situation.
 
For instance, a company like SERVPRO would tell you that since you have already discovered mold in your home that testing is neither needed nor necessary. We already know that mold exists and any mold existing in your home environment may cause health effects to develop that are hazardous. So, instead of wasting your time and effort testing, you want to perform the professional mold remediation services to get things under control.
 
At this point, testing to discover the type of mold invading your home is rather pointless. Purchasing a home mold testing kit, only presents you with results from a testing facility that you simply cannot understand and wastes more of your hard earned income. However, if you already see contamination in one area of your home, you should consider that other sections may be infected as well.
 
The expertly trained technicians at SERVPRO can help you locate other areas in your home affected by mold and assist you with obtaining the services you need to return your home environment to a quality pre-mold damage condition that is safe and healthy for your family to live in safely.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher today for additional information about mold growth in your home or to receive the professional services you deserve. (708) 672-0077

Flood Damage Affecting Homes in Glenwood

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Affecting Homes in Glenwood Let SERVPRO'S experts help after a flood in you home.

Finding knee-high water throughout your home after a water pipe burst is frustrating enough, the last thing you want is to struggle with locating a quality restoration company to assist you with repairs.
 
We have a solution to the flood damage affecting your Glenwood home. With several years of experience, expertise, and equipment to meet any of your needs, we provide you with unique solutions to just about any problem. Our water removal and cleanup process, for instance, gives you the peace of mind you deserve after a flood.
 
While every flood damage incident that SERVPRO responds to is a little different, our overall restoration process remains the same. We take the general information that you provide about your situation during your initial call and determine the proper amount of equipment, and personnel to assign to perform your repairs correctly.
 
When SERVPRO technicians arrive at your property, we perform a full damage assessment, determine how far moisture has been able to travel and make recommendations about which services will provide you with the best results. Based off of our initial inspection, your particular situation may require a variety of different services, or you may request additional services to address a personal concern.
 
Regardless, we always use the proper water removal and extraction equipment to remove as much standing water as possible, as fast as possible. We want to get started immediately to prevent secondary damage and mold growth from developing. The longer you leave the area unattended, the likelier it is to cause more issues.
 
SERVPRO drying technicians who specialize in removing water from hard to access areas, use moisture detectors and other devices to monitor the temperature and relative humidity of the affected areas, while determining the exact number of air movers and dehumidifiers that are necessary to dry your home properly.
 
Our cleaning and sanitation technicians handle the restoration of any contents affected by the event, with success in removing various odors and deodorizing many personal belongings you may have thought lost forever. You should avoid disposing of any contents until a professional restoration technician has had the opportunity to inspect each item.
 
We finalize the entire restoration process by putting finishing touches on any necessary repairs, including drywall and carpet replacement while working hard to help you return your home to a quality pre-flood damage condition that you can enjoy.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher for a quality scientific approach to restoring your property after a flood damage incident strikes. (708) 672-0077

FREE Continuing Education Classes for Insurance Industry Professionals!!

1/25/2017 (Permalink)

Community FREE Continuing Education Classes for Insurance Industry Professionals!! Ethics and Fire Restoration CE Classes - March 8 in Matteson, and March 9 in Bourbonnaise

We are offering two free CE Classes on two separate days - Day 1 will be in Matteson, and Day 2 will be in Bourbonnais.  Breakfast and Lunch will be provided, and all of this is free of charge to Insurance Agents and Adjusters!  

All we need to process your renewal is your NPN#, your email address, your phone number and fax number.  Please follow the link below to print the application form.  After filling in the information scan and email it to Marketing@SERVPROKankakeeCounty.com, or fax it to 815-935-1301.

Link to Application Form

 

DAY 1 CLASSES

Date: March 8 

Class 1: Ethics - 3 Credit Hours

Time: 9 am to 12 pm

Class 2: Where There is Smoke There is Fire - 4 Credit Hours

Time: 1 pm to 5 pm

Location: Matteson Community Center

               20462 Matteson Avenue

               Matteson, IL

              (708) 441-4500

              Directions

 

DAY 2 CLASSES

Date: March 9 

Class 1: Ethics - 3 Credit Hours

Time: 9 am to 12 pm

Class 2: Where There is Smoke There is Fire - 4 Credit Hours

Time: 1 pm to 5 pm

Location: Holiday Inn Express

               62 Ken Hayes Drive

               Bourbonnais, IL 60914

               (815) 932-4411

               Directions

Emergency Board Up in Olympia Fields and Hazel Crest IL

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

Building Services Emergency Board Up in Olympia Fields and Hazel Crest IL Commercial Board Up in Glenwood IL

Board Ups from Fire or Storm Damage

It is not unheard of for a severe storm, fire, or accident to cause major structural damage to a home that may include holes or openings in the siding and roof.  If the home is left exposed, it is vulnerable to further damage by the elements or even vandalism.  Our technicians are dedicated to boarding up your home quickly to secure it and prevent further damage.  We have the materials and experience to board up your home and we respond within 2 to 4 hours of your call to provide emergency board ups. We are proud members of MABAS 24 and support out fire service.

Our staff includes professional carpenters who can effectively board up your home and secure it temporarily until it is fully restored.

You can expect the following from our board up services:

  • Closing up of all holes and openings in the structure
  • Full temporary enclosure of severely damaged buildings
  • Barricades in key areas
  • Tarping services for damage roofs

If a disaster or accident has left your home in Crete Monee or Beecher exposed do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher for board up services.  Our technicians can effectively board up your home or building to keep it secured and protected until it can be rebuilt.  We are available 24 hours a day at (708) 672-0077 for emergency board ups in Chicago Heights and South Holland IL

Commercial Water Damage Assistance in Park Forest

1/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Assistance in Park Forest Don't let water damage affect your business. Call SERVPRO for quick remediation.

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 small commercial water damage situations in 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 mounted water 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.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher today and obtain the services your business deserves. (708) 672-0077

Dealing With Furnace Malfunctions Due To Winter Related Issues

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dealing With Furnace Malfunctions Due To Winter Related Issues Clean Your Furnace Filters to Protect Your Home in Chicago Heights

Proper Maintenance is Key to Good Furnace Performance

Winter is here, and you're about to begin feeling the effects. Most homeowners simply don't prepare for winter, and it costs them when the cold weather finally arrives. There are many easy ways for you to prepare your furnace for winter, waiting until the last minute because you'd rather do something else with your time will leave you ill-prepared. With just a few hours of your day, you'll have your family comfortably enjoying the cozy winter weather together in the safety of your home. If you put it off or simply didn't have the time to get to it this year, we can help you prepare your furnace before you need it, give us a call today.
 
Our expertly trained staff in the Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher area specializes in furnace malfunctions during winter related weather conditions. We can serve your needs quickly with our 24-hour response service, making sure that you and your family are safe and warm during the winter season.
 
SERVPRO technicians recommend replacing your furnace's air filter every month. It is easy to locate, all you need to do is remove the old filter and slide in a new one. Make sure that you follow the arrows on the frame to install it correctly. You might also consider upgrading to a pleated HEPA filter or an electrostatic filter to help increase your furnace's energy efficiency along with improved air quality.
 
You would benefit from hiring a professional company like SERVPRO to inspect and clean the air vents and ducting of your ventilation system to remove dust and other obstructions that prevent proper ventilation. We can check the furnace blower belts for cracks and ensure that your thermostat is working properly to maintain the proper temperature even while you are asleep or away from home. It is important to maintain in the cold season a constant 30 to 60-degree temperature in your home, even when you're not there. Maintaining the proper temperature helps to avoid freezing pipes or other hazards from forming during cold weather conditions.
 
The technicians at SERVPRO can also inspect your furnace's exhaust flue to determine whether it is performing properly, removing any branches or nests erected by animals during the summer and make sure that all of your air vents are working correctly and producing the proper air flow and quality.  Furnace Blow Back can create a messy sooty problem within your home. A lack of maintenance, dirty filters, normal wear and tear, pilot control issues, and malfunctioning thermostats can all be taken care of by the services that we provide.
 
Contact our offices at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher today. (708) 672-0077

Restoration of Fire Damage Caused by a Space Heater

12/6/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration of Fire Damage Caused by a Space Heater Be Careful with Space Heaters in Your Crete Bedroom

Fire Accidents Happen Even from Space Heaters with Safety Features

Having a space heater in your home to reduce costs in heating during the cold winter season can also be convenient. Being able to lower overall temperatures throughout the home with the thermostat but keeping occupied rooms comfortably warm while keeping costs manageable is a yearly goal for many families. When all goes well, having a space heater can help keep you and your family warm inexpensively.

Space heaters are not accident-proof and have been known to cause fire damage in Crete homes and apartments. This is true even when they are equipped with an emergency shut-off mechanisms in case they are tipped over. This safety feature is not always sufficient because tipping over is not the only way that problems can happen. Pets and small children can become part of the problem fairly easily in causing fires to start. A small toy can find its way inside or under the heater, or a pet can, while playing flip a toy onto the top of the heater or safety covering, causing a small fire to start. Rapidly becoming larger, a full blaze can quickly take over the room.
 
Fire damage will be much smaller when accidents such as these are caught before they can spread, but fire damage can still be extensive. Placement of space heaters is crucial to household safety. Heat from a fire can also cause harm. Materials do not need to catch on fire to become damaged. Nearby carpeting and rugs can become scorched, and those made of synthetic fibers will often melt before burning. Melting can also happen to many children's toys because they are made out of plastic, and if these are in an elevated position, they can drip onto other items and ruin them, as well.
 
Cleaning up fire damage includes removing and restoring damaged areas, removing melted plastics and other synthetics that have become adhered to hard surfaces, and removing the smoky odor that fires are known to produce. When only the carpet seems to be involved, the padding and the supporting floorboards are often damaged, also. We can help by repairing all of the damage so that your home, or room, is restored. In doing so, we will return your home to its former state, so it is “Like it never even happened.”
 
Putting any fire damage behind you is a large part of being able to move forward after the fire has been put out. If your space heater has caused you grief and fire damage, call us, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077, and we will take care of things at your earliest convenience.

Winterize homes to avoid damage in Lansing IL

11/22/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Winterize homes to avoid damage in Lansing IL Frozen pipes can be avoided

Realtors and Insurance Agents trust SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher to winterize vacant and damaged homes. Our trained technicians provide water evacuation from the plumbing systems to avoid frozen pipes and water damage. To winterize a structure, the following steps need to be taken.

  • turn off or disconnect water main
  • drain water heater
  • extract water from toilet tank and pour RV antifreeze in tank
  • disconnect washer, dishwasher, and refrigerator water line if applicable
  • extract or blow out water lines thoroughly
  • pour RV antifreeze in all drains

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher uses the latest tools and equipment to winterize homes. Pricing varies by the size and difficulty of each project. Call our office to schedule service (708) 672-0077.

 

Seasonal Changes And Mold Damage In Lynwood

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Seasonal Changes And Mold Damage In Lynwood Mold in Lynwood? Call SERVPRO for Remediation

Rely on the Pros from SERVPRO for Help with Mold

Mold spores are commonly found both indoors and outdoors causing few problems until moisture and food sources promote a proliferation of fungal growth and an unpleasant, musty smell. When the weather grows colder moisture can condense inside on windows, dirty glass or frames, or poorly insulated walls. As winter takes hold and ice and snow build up in gutters and inadequately flashed areas ice dams can cause liquid water to seep into warmer areas under the roof, into the attic and leaking through to living areas. Mold thrives on moisture and can grow anywhere the water collects and drips. SERVPRO can help homeowners find even well-hidden colonies of mold that can damage structures and potentially cause health problems in susceptible individuals. Our certified technicians can evaluate your home’s mold issues and take steps to remediate mold growth any time of the year.

Mold damage in Lynwood may require that an indoor environmental professional (IEP) or our production manager create a plan to control the infestation. We follow the guidelines and standards for mold remediation developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Key points in a successful mold damage remediation plan include drying and cleaning the moldy materials using approved methods that will not encourage the spread of spores. Items that cannot be cleaned safely or adequately must be removed and discarded using approved methods that eliminate the risk of non-contained spores and fungal growth. To be confident that adjoining structures and materials remain clear of microbial overgrowth it is crucial we dry out those areas within 48 hours of moisture infiltration.
 
During mold remediation services SERVPRO will provide for the health and safety of both the residents of your home and the technicians who are completing the tasks. Because completely eradicating mold spores is impossible we will instead focus on returning your home to a normal condition, meaning that although spores may still be present, their growth is curtailed by drying out the moisture and removing the organic materials infiltrated with an infestation. Sources of the current colony will be isolated and removed, including discarding porous or absorbent materials like sheetrock or insulation and using proper disinfection products on solid surfaces. Finally, the condensation problem that fueled the growth of the mold will be identified and corrected, including adjusting ambient humidity, sealing warm air leaks and arranging for the removal of ice build-up.
 
Rely upon your local mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher when the changing season encourages microbial growth in your home. Call (708) 672-0077 to schedule an inspection; our staff can respond to your inquiry 24/7 every day of the year.

After a Storm, Clean, Disinfect & Freshen With Esporta In Chicago Heights

11/6/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After a Storm, Clean, Disinfect & Freshen With Esporta In Chicago Heights SERVPRO Rescues Your Child's Teddy Bear using the Esporta Cleaning Machine in Chicago Heights

SERVPRO Advanced Cleaning Equipment Salvages Many Belongings

You might think that restoring your items or belongings after a major fire, flood or storm where the damage seems catastrophic is impossible. But our expertly trained staff at SERVPRO is here to ask that you not dispose of any items that you have damaged during an event until our professional technicians have had an opportunity to inspect them.

Our access to the Esporta Washing System in Chicago Heights after a storm gives us more opportunities to restore items before calling them a loss. The success that we've had in using this system has produced tremendous results that most customers can't believe, even when they see it themselves. Many soiled and contaminated soft items after a flooding can be salvaged.

This system is used by our expertly trained technicians at SERVPRO to provide you with a solution to restoring your soft goods to their pre-damage condition. We use it to clean, freshen and disinfect items such as clothing, stuffed animals, luggage, thick coats and even footwear. The system is useful for restoring several different types of objects that you may think lost forever.

SERVPRO technicians utilize Esporta's 4-Step process to renewal, a system that is used to repair your items to their pre-damage condition.

1.) Detergent - Adding an environmentally safe chemical that includes solvents to help remove oil-based soils, smoke, sewer and body odors. While also having enough punch to kill 99.9997% of all mold, bacteria, fungus and viruses and being specifically designed for preventing itself from damaging leathers, fabrics, and foam items. It also includes a brightening agent.

2.) Penetration - A water pressure system that cleans and penetrates your items while keeping things centered as a wheel moves through the water. Allowing the hydraulic pressure to force contaminants out of your belongings using the detergent.

3.) Forced Additive - Used to remove the penetrator detergent along with all mold spores, bacteria, and viruses on contact.

4.) Signature Fragrance - A combination of 140 different extracts that are used to introduce a fresh, long-lasting fragrance.

Let our professionals at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher put this system to work for you, call us today. (708) 672-0077

Property Managers trust SERVPRO

11/2/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Property Managers trust SERVPRO Commercial Ceiling Cleaning

Commercial Property owners and Property Managers are entrusted with keeping their businesses operational. When Disaster Strikes, SERVPRO of Kankakee County is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” We've assisted some of the Kankakee Area's largest properties following disasters. Oliver Nazarene, Presence St. Mary, Sears, Bungi Oil, Denny's and many others have utilized our Commercial and Industrial Services. Facilities Managers rely on us to be Ready for Whatever Happens.

General Adjusters and Consulting firms from around the Chicago and Northwest Indiana region trust SERVPRO of Kankakee County with their must complex claims. Some of our specialties include

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Restaurants
  • Commercial Disaster Recovery Services 
  • Commercial Reconstruction

We are available around the clock to get your business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services by calling SERVPRO of CHICAGO Heights Crete Beecher at (708)672-0077

Flooring you can Trust in Chicago Heights

11/2/2016 (Permalink)

Building Services Flooring you can Trust in Chicago Heights Ceramic Tile in Bathrooms can last a life time if installed properly

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights Crete Beecher is well known for helping clients recover following fire, mold, and water damage in the Crete Monee area. For years we have done disaster services in this region. What many local people don't recognize is that our SERVPRO also provides professional flooring sales and installation.

Our facility is home to thousands of flooring samples including carpet, vinyl, laminate, and ceramic tile to name just a few. In fact, with our preferred status with most flooring distributors, there's not much we can't get for a discounted price.

Why pay retail prices when SERVPRO of Chicago Heights Crete Beecher can get the same flooring for wholesale pricing? Our Flooring Sales Representatives are the same individuals that do your installation. That takes the guess work out of what product is best for you commercial  or residential flooring needs. 

We are certified distributors for Mohawk, Tarkett, and Dream Weavers. We also use our buying power with the big box stores to get our clients the best prices possible from retailers like Menards, Lowe's and Home Depot. Locally, you won't find a better flooring company to assist you.

Laminate Flooring makes for a great finish add a significantly lower cost than hard wood flooring. The product is very resilient and easy to install. The finish can sometimes fool even the best trained eyes. The cushion pad makes for a much softer feel as well. SERVPRO flooring professionals from Crete are within miles of you residence or commercial building.

Call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights Crete Beecher for all you residential and commercial flooring needs. Appointments are by appointment only and we also can bring flooring samples to your home.

Fire Damage in Crete Monee

10/30/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Crete Monee Fie Damaged Home

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 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. 

Water Damage Safety Is Important In Glenwood!

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Safety Is Important In Glenwood! Whether you have water damage at your residential or commercial property, it is important to stay calm and focus on safety.

Water Damage Safety

Work with us to help take the stress out of your restoration process by keeping our 'Water Damage Emergency Tips' list close at hand! We can assist you in arming yourself with information that teaches you what you should or should not do during an emergency situation!

Whether you have water damage at your home or in a commercial property that you own in Glenwood, it is important to stay calm and focus your thoughts on your safety and the safety of others with access to your property. After any damage occurs, you should have it assessed properly by our professionally trained technicians. Our stress-free claims process at SERVPRO can help manage any insurance paperwork that is required and will assist you with getting through the process as easily as possible.

While you're waiting for our SERVPRO technicians, make sure that you know what to do to keep yourself safe. If you aren't sure whether the property is safe to be around, clear everyone out of the immediate area and wait for the proper assistance to arrive.

It is unsafe if there are any possible electrical hazards, this includes lamps, radios, clocks or any appliances placed on top of furniture items. Avoid performing any activity that has a chance to cause you to slip or fall. Remember to be careful and avoid lifting any materials saturated with water, because these items can weigh a lot more than they normally would!

Once you have determined that it is safe to enter, you can begin to remove any excess water on floors by blotting the area with a mop. Any upholstery or cushions should be withdrawn and propped up in a safe, dry location. Remove any colored rugs from wet carpeting to avoid bleeding colors. Move your paintings or tapestries to a safe, dry place. Gather up any loose items you find on the floors. Don't leave any wet fabrics lying around.

Remove all books, magazines or colored paper products from wet carpet or flooring. Never use your household vacuum to remove excess water, or you'll end up causing an electrical hazard. Do not attempt to use your television or other home appliances until they have had enough time to dry properly. Avoid turning on any ceiling fans or fixtures especially if there is a presence of water on or near them and make sure you stay out of any rooms that appear to have a saggy ceiling.

Using these expert emergency tips available at SERVPRO will help you plan ahead and avoid injuries while limiting the damage and restoration costs required to return your property to its previous condition. Place a call to our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher office for your water damage emergency. We're ready to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week! - (708) 672-0077.

Fire Damage Factors Involved in Cleaning

10/7/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Factors Involved in Cleaning The Extent of Lynwood Fire Damage Depends on Many Factors

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.

Dealing With Flood Damage

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dealing With Flood Damage Flood damage can be very destructive to your Glenwood property.

Flood Damage Restoration

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 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 Glenwood you can experience. We also understand that it is a very stressful time. That is why our team of caring, trained and professional water damage technicians is 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.

Sources from outside or inside the structure can cause water intrusions to your basement. Excessive rain can over saturate the ground, which results in hydrostatic pressure. This happens when the moisture outside your basement or foundational wall is greater than the pressure inside. Since water naturally seeks out lower pressure, this can result in foundational leaks, and even cracking. We use professional equipment at SERVPRO to efficiently and quickly remove the water before it begins to cause damage to your structure and other, secondary water problems. We will also bring in dehumidifiers which work to get rid of any moisture and start moving the air to assist in drying out your basement. Once the water and moisture are entirely removed, we clean, sanitize and treat the basement with an antimicrobial agent to ensure that you don’t experience any mold growth. We work with you each step of the way and can also work with your insurance company so that your claim gets processed as fast as possible.

When you experience any flood damage, contact 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.

Mold Damage Remediation and Restoration Experts

8/7/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation and Restoration Experts Mold Can Grow on Many Types of Surfaces

Any Type of Mold Should Be Quickly Remediated By Professionals

Mold whether slight or in mass colonies is a serious matter that can become worse. If mold is left untreated, it can become a serious problem. It causes health risks and can cause deteriorating significant structural damage to your home or office. If left unattended, mold can cause warped walls, warped floors, warped ceilings and weaken the foundation of any property. Sometimes you can't see mold because it hides behind walls, in attics, in basements, crawlspaces or underneath floors. Mold grows due to water, humidity or moisture, which must be located and removed. If you don't see mold, but you smell musty odors, call SERVPRO immediately for a quick inspection.
 
Any mold damage in Lynwood must be handled with care and with immediate restorative knowledge. We are highly trained in treating mold and how its spores grow. Our years of experience have let us know that every mold damage problem is different, and it requires a unique solution. We follow a general IICRC mold remediation process to help restore you back to a normal and healthy environment. We begin with a meticulous inspection and a mold damage assessment. Our mold containment process involves using advanced procedures to isolate the contaminated area. We further use negative air pressure to keep the spores from spreading. No fans or heating/cooling systems will be used because they will spread the mold.
 
Our specialized filtration equipment helps to capture microscopic mold spores. We then use powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums. For cleaning surfaces, we are well equipped with antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to get rid of mold colonies. To clean your contents and belongings, we use a variety of cleaning techniques. We work with you and your insurance representatives on infested porous materials before we discard them. A full restoration system is the final step. It may involve minor repairs like replacing drywalls, painting and installing new carpeting. It may also require more significant repairs, such as the reconstruction of different areas or rooms within your home or business.
 
SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher treats all of our residential and commercial residents with the respect that you deserve. Mold can be an embarrassing event for a business or a homeowner. But we understand that mold issues can happen right before your eyes and without your knowledge. Our mold remediation professionals will help treat and remove mold so that it does not return. Call us today at (708) 672-0077 for an assessment visit. We look forward to your phone call!

The Twice a Year Fall C. E. (Continuing Education) Class Is Open for Registration

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

General The Twice a Year Fall C. E. (Continuing Education) Class Is Open for Registration SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher's C.E. Classes Registration Form

SERVPRO Will Host These C.E. Classes in September

Since we are a group of three local SERVPRO franchises, we can reach out and offer these C.E. Classes to a large number of insurance agents. By providing this twice a year instruction, we feel we are helping our local agents in their pursuit of excellence and professionalism. The more that we can cooperate and interact with our related industries, the better the public is served.

As pictured to the right, these Two Continuing Education Classes will be held on consecutive days towards the end of September 2016. Click on this link for Class registration. Todd Davis, one of SERVPRO Corporate instructors, will travel from our Corporate Headquarters to instruct these two classes as he did during the last Spring session. This SERVPRO franchise is offering a free breakfast and a free lunch to all the agents that attend. Like us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SERVPRO.kankakee/posts/1604976036499463 The required Ethics Class will be followed by an informative class on "Understand Mold in the Restoration Industry.” Mold remediation in Chicago Heights can be a difficult subject to deal with properly for insurance agents, homeowners, and our highly trained AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians. Knowing how to grapple with mold infestations can limit liability claims, and costs while protecting the rights and mitigating potential health effects of home and business owners.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete /Beecher is well positioned to remediate any mold infestation or loss from fire or flood; that may occur to your property. Please call or fax us for your registration for the C.E. Classes or restorative services for your home or business. (708) 747-9925

Suffering from Commercial Fire Damage

7/18/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Suffering from Commercial Fire Damage Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Chicago Heights Commercial Fire Damage

SERVPRO Can Mitigate Fire Damage Losses to Your Retail or Rental Property

Fire damage doesn't need to be caused by a house fire that damages the entire home for it to be substantial. Even small fires can create fire damage that is not only unsightly but also a risk to the people who live in the home. Some damage can be hidden from view, inside the interiors of walls or under flooring, and can still cause damage and deterioration. This can create weaknesses in the structures that can later become apparent when significant weight or pressure on and the wall or floor causes its collapse. Larger fires cause damage that is often quite visible and can create dangerous areas in a home or rental apartment. For the safety of the renter and the structure, this is the reason all fire damage should be cleaned up and repaired immediately after a fire has occurred.

What You Should Do When Your Apartment or Retail Space has had a Small Fire?
If your Chicago Heights investment has had a small fire, you should realize that while the damage may not be as extensive as one that has destroyed an entire unit, the damage should still be cleaned up by professionals like our technicians. SERVPRO technicians receive training in IICRC protocols and an ongoing certification. Experience is not our only strong point – we continually update our skills and our equipment.

Even small areas of damage should not be overlooked, as the secondary fire and smoke damage can quickly spread. Calling us to help repair any damage should be your first step in dealing with even a small fire. Don't let the size of the blaze trick you into thinking that the harm isn't bad enough to need professional repairs and cleaning. We have the skills to eliminate the damage, allowing you to forget that a fire even took place. And keep your doors open for business. Smoke and soot should be removed from the furnace and A/C duct work. Careful cleaning is required in the event of "puff-back" soot staining from your heating unit. Electronic equipment and retail products need rapid attention to minimizing damage from the corrosive nature of these fire by-products. Pitting of metal and eliminating odors and staining save inventory loss.

We Can Help Renters, Also
If you live in a rented house, having repairs made can also help you retain your security deposit when you move to another location. Having a fire and fire damage itself will not keep you from having your deposit returned to you – it is when damage is present upon your moving out and vacating the premises. Commercial fire damage can result from many different factors. Consider professional assistance to protect your investment.

Call us, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher, at (708) 672-0077, for cleanup and restoration. We are ready to answer your call and respond to your emergency. We will eliminate any damage and make it “Like it never even happened."

Monee Water damage Issues

6/3/2016 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Issues in Monee

Water damage in Monee is a problem which most property owners dread. When it rains heavily, the risk for this kind of damage rises. Water can create thousands of dollars’ worth of damage that affect electronics, upholstery, wood furniture, plumbing equipment and household appliances. Water damage will also raise the risk of the growth of mold, which can be quite an expensive problem to treat. Hiring a company for water damage restoration, such as SERVPRO, can make the process of cleanup a lot easier to handle, since we employ experienced workers who know the right ways to repair and replace any items which have damaged and how to help you with water damage cleanup. 

Reasons for Water Damage 

There can be different causes for water damage in Monee. Clogged toilets, broken hoses on your dishwasher, broken dishwashers, leaky roofs, overflowing washing machines, broken pipes and cracks in the foundation are just a few of the causes of water damage that are possible. Heavy rain and flooding in Monee are other causes which are possible for this kind of damage, and can lead to having water in your basement as well. Too much water can cause minor problems in basement areas, or it can lead to the destruction of your home. After your home sustains water damage, it is imperative to begin water damage cleanup immediately. Beginning the cleanup of water damage as soon as you can increases how likely you can save water-soaked clothing, furniture, and other items. 

Process of Restoration 

The process of water restoration is an important one. Using the right materials and procedures could help you save your cherished belongings and may even prevent your home from being condemned. SERVPRO specializes in mitigating the effects of water on your home. However, the success of the restoration of water damage depends on how severe the damage is and how much water has caused the damage. We will assess your damages and figure out a water restoration and removal plan before beginning, going over everything with you first so that you understand what is going on and what is planned. When water is in your basement area, it could require just a short process of cleanup while water in other areas of your home could need much more extensive remediation. 

Hazards to Your Health 

 It is important that you hire us at SERVPRO as soon as you can after the water damage happens. The growth of mold and other organisms can be promoted by moisture, which increases the risk for health problems that are serious. Cleaning up right away can help to mitigate water damage’s health effects on all who reside in your home. 

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Some factors can cause water damage in Monee, but no matter why your home has been hit by this type of damage, it needs to be addressed. Contact us at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher by dialing (708) 672-0077 anytime. We will be there to help you get your home back to its pre-loss state as soon as possible. 

How to Handle Beecher Mold Damage

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Handle Beecher Mold Damage Don't let mold damage your Beecher property! SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher can make it "Like it never even happened."

How To Tackle Beecher Mold Damage 

When you discover mold in your Beecher area home, you may be overwhelmed thinking about the damage. While there may be areas of damage that you can see, there may also be mold and related issues that are not visible. You may worry about how much damage lies beneath the walls in your home and how damaged the support structure is. Beecher mold damage on your property may be significant or minor, but regardless of how severe it is, you understandably want to kill the mold and repair the damage as soon as possible. Keep in mind that mold growth has the potential to cause illness as well as damage the materials that help your home stand tall. There are a few steps to follow to repair the damage left by mold.

Killing the Mold 

The first step in the Beecher mold damage remediation process is to kill the mold, and this requires a special process that removes the mold without disrupting the spores. When the spores are disrupted, they can become airborne and travel throughout the property to land in different areas of the home. If this happens, the mold can ultimately begin growing in a new area of the property, and the problem can become much more significant. The last thing you want is to spread mold throughout the home, so it is best to allow professionals to handle the mold for you using advanced techniques and equipment. 

Repairing the Damage

The next step in the Beecher mold damage remediation process is to repair the damage. The mold may cause staining and discoloration on some surfaces. It may also deteriorate the structural integrity of some surfaces such as supporting wood and carpet flooring. Because of this, some surfaces will need to be repaired, and others will need to be replaced. Professional mold remediation experts will be able to better determine if surfaces need to be repaired or replaced, and they can provide you with the service necessary to fully restore the home to its former condition. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Regardless of whether you have a small area of mold growth on your property or a significant area, one thing is certain: You need professional assistance to repair the damage. SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher can help improve the condition of your property. We are locally owned, and our technicians are on standby waiting for your call. We are available to respond to your request for remediation services for mold damage quickly, ensuring that the damage doesn't get worse. Call our office today at (708) 672-0077 to request a time for our professionals to visit your property.

Crete Fire Damage - How to Handle Fire Damage in Crete

5/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Crete Fire Damage - How to Handle Fire Damage in Crete Fire damage in Crete can be a difficult situation to tackle.

How to Handle Crete Fire Damage

Fire damage in Crete 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 Crete 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.

Commercial Water Damage Chicago Heights - Understanding Chicago Heights Commercial Water Damage

5/2/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Chicago Heights - Understanding Chicago Heights Commercial Water Damage When you're having a commercial water damage emergency in the Chicago Heights area, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher will take care of it!

Understanding Commercial Water Damage in Chicago Heights 

Water damage is one of the most frequent reasons business owners make claims on their insurance. Leaky appliances burst pipes or flooded basements, and other types of commercial water damage in Chicago Heights bring people to discover all the details of their insurance policy. 

Assessing how severe the damage is will be needed to figure out how to best tackle water damage removal and repair. Various categories can be assigned to damage from water. Understanding these categories will help you understand the type of Chicago Heights water damage you are experiencing and how much work it will take to get your business running smoothly again. 

Category 1 – This refers to water that is clean or does not pose a threat to people. This kind of damage could be caused by things like overflowing sinks or broken appliances. 

Category 2 – This category is known as gray water. This means the water could cause sickness if ingested because it is contaminated. It contains microorganisms and can be caused by things such as broken sump pumps, seepage or broken toilets. 

Category 3 – Known also as black water, this category of water damage in Chicago Heights is unsanitary water, containing bacteria and other organisms that can make you ill. Possible causes for black water damage can include contamination of standing water and problems with sewage. 

You should also take note that there are various classes of water damage. Knowing which class the damage is in is important when figuring out the repair options after the damage has occurred. 

Class 1 – This class is the least harmful kind of damage. Very little water is absorbed by surrounding materials with this type of damage, and it is the easiest to repair. 

Class 2 – In this class, you’ll see a fast rate of evaporation, meaning things such as cushions and carpets could be damaged. Water repair in this class is, of course, more difficult than in Class 1. 

Class 3 – This class has the fastest evaporation rate. The water, in this case, could come from broken sprinklers or other sources of water overhead, soaking furniture and walls. 

Class 4 – This class will need special water removal and water restoration procedures. This kind of damage could affect things such as concrete, hardwood flooring, and plaster. 

No matter what class and category the Chicago Heights commercial water damage are in, you need to act fast. Hiring a professional water restoration company is the best thing to do so that they can assess the problem and quickly save anything that is salvageable before doing any emergency repairs. They will also work with your insurance company to make the transaction smooth and easy, getting your business back to normal as soon as possible. 

Long term effects of this kind of  water damage can include the formation of mold and bacteria, and the higher risk of allergens and unpleasant odors to go along with it. If this is left untreated, your building could sustain structural damage, including the warping and splitting of windows, frames, and doors. If you address the problem quickly, this will highly reduce how much permanent damage you have to deal with and could save you on restoration costs. 

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Therefore, if your business has experienced any water damage, you’ll want to call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher as soon as possible. They can be contacted anytime of the day or week at (708) 672-0077. 

Water Damage Crete IL

4/6/2016 (Permalink)

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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 esatablished 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. 

Emergency water removal and extraction

11/2/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Emergency water removal and extraction Office carpet extraction

SERVPRO is your one stop shop for water removal and water extraction. Removing water and drying structures properly prevents mold growth. Doing the job right the first time ensures there’s no need for costly mold solutions down the road. 

FREE Fall 2015 Continuing Education Courses!!!!

7/20/2015 (Permalink)

Community FREE Fall 2015 Continuing Education Courses!!!! FREE Continuing Education Classes!!!!

Come join us for our Free fall line up of Continuing Education Classes. We are offering both Ethics and Errors and Omissions, 3 credits each. Come for one, come for both.

Please see our flier for more details.

Hope to see you there!

Mold in flooded basements

7/17/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in flooded basements Mold on water damaged walls following flooding

We are assisting the residents of Watseka Illinois and our friends at SERVPRO of Kankakee County providing MOLD remediation services following the flooding.

2015 – Land of Lincoln F.O.O.L.S. Firefighter Challenge at Pause for Patriotism

5/1/2015 (Permalink)

Community 2015 – Land of Lincoln F.O.O.L.S. Firefighter Challenge at Pause for Patriotism 2015 – Land of Lincoln F.O.O.L.S. Firefighter Challenge at Pause for Patriotism

2015 – Land of Lincoln F.O.O.L.S. Firefighter Challenge at Pause for Patriotism

Firefighters Challenge – follow this link for more information

When:    May 16th 2015

              Registration / Check-In:                8:00 AM

              Individual Competition:                 9:00 AM

              Team Competition Immediately After Individual

Where:   Ice Valley Centre Ice Arena

              1601 River Road, Kankakee, IL. 60901

 Pause for Patriotism - follow this link for more information

 5k Run, Walk & Roll

 When:     May 16th 2015

                Opening Ceremony at      11:30 AM

                5k Start:                            12:00 PM

                Walk/Roll Start:                 12:15 PM

Where:    River Road Park,

               1895 River Road, Kankakee, IL.   60901

Bring the Family for a day of fun at the Land of Lincoln F.O.O.L.S. Firefighters Challenge at Pause for Patriotism supporting our Veterans and First Responders.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County, Matteson-Homewood and Chicago Heights – Crete – Beecher are proud sponsors of these wonderful community events

Family fun-a-thon

1/30/2015 (Permalink)

Community Family fun-a-thon Family fun-a-thon Celebrating 25 years

We are participants at the   Family fun-a-thon Event .

Join us as we celebrate the 25th year of the Life Education Center.

When:

    February 8, 2015 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where:

  Olivet Nazarene University: Perry Center
  Olivet Nazarene University
  1 University Avenue, Bourbonnais, IL.  60914

Cost:                $5 (Kids under 3 are free)

Contact:           (815) 936-4606

                         Family fun-a-thon Event website  

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