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We Love Our First Responders

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Split screen with man fogging ambulance on one side and man fogging a police training room on the other. Disinfectant fogging services donated to our local first responders.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit our community, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher was quick to reach out to service those on the from lines.  Our highly trained and pathogen certified technicians, work tirelessly day after day to serve our community.  From preventative disinfecting for essential businesses, to emergency disinfecting after confirmed cases of Coronavirus, our crews handle it all.  In order to serve those who serve our community everyday, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher has been donating our disinfectant fogging services to local first responders.  Fire and Police are on the front line of this pandemic, answering the call when we need them.  At SERVPRO we proudly stand behind all of our local first responders with any support that we can give.

For more information on our first responder services please call our offices today at 798-72-0077.

I Have Mold! Now What?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Does your basement have a musty smell?  Can you see something on a wall or ceiling that just doesn't look right?  If so, you may have mold!   

If you see visible mold, DO NOT DISTURB IT! You can accidentally spread the mold infestation throughout your home!  When mold is disrupted, it can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

Here is what you should do:

  • Stay out of the affected areas.
  • Turn off the air conditioning or heating system and all fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights, Crete, Beecher for mold remediation services.

Here is what you should not do:

  • Do not touch or disturb the mold.
  • Do not attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Do not spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights, Crete, Beecher specializes in mold cleanup and restoration! Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (708)672-0077!

Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Community Cleaning & Disinfecting

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

A single hand touching a random hand rail with the works to the highest cleaning standards Allow SERVPRO to cleaning you high touch surfaces and get your senior care or assisted living facility back in a safe condition

With our most vulnerable citizens at risk, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher and Disaster Recovery Team Nichols have been mobilizing cleaning crews to assisted living and senior nursing homes throughout the area.

With the IEPA and CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting buildings requiring trained professionals, our team is trained and equipped to handle any sized facility. We have responded to State of Illinois facilities and privately owned businesses alike. We bring hospital grade EPA registered disinfectants, PPE, and fogging equipment to handle our work. 

Occupied spaces, isolation units, and confirmed COVID19 cases are handled with extreme care and thoughtful planning. Protecting residents and staff while we provide our cleaning and disinfecting. Executive directors and CFO's rely on SERVPRO Team Nichols to provide the very best project management and results. 

Call our office today at (708)672-0077 for a rapid response to your positive tested facility and we will help you navigate the path ahead.

Pandemic - Is Your Business Taking The Right Steps?

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Two technicians in full PPE hand wiping industrial equipment  Call our office to schedule your Covid-19 services TODAY 708-672-0077

Responsibilities of Businesses

As a business owner or manager it is your responsibility to ensure the safety and health of your employees.  In order to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses are urged to take steps to prevent the spread.  Additionally, it is imperative to create a response plan, should your employees encounter an exposure in the workplace. 

How SERVPRO is helping businesses 

Local SERVPRO technicians are working 7 days a week to clean, disinfect, and sanitize businesses all over the area.  Our technicians can come in after hours to disinfect prior to the next shift or we can disinfect while you are part of the mandatory closure.  There are many different types of services that we are currently providing to both businesses and residents.

Precaution 

As a precaution, cleaning and disinfecting can be done.  This means that there had been no confirmed or suspected case in the building.  Technicians are trained in pathogen safety and maintain all CDC recommendations. The use of electrostatic fogging of EPA registered hospital grade disinfecting of touchable surfaces below 8 feet.

Suspected Exposure

When there is a suspected case of exposure in your building, a higher standard of disinfecting is recommended.  To mention, disinfecting and cleaning of the area 10 feet and below using a mixture of fogging and spray/wiping using hospital grade disinfectants.  

Confirmed Case

If the event that your business is exposed to a confirmed case, it is important to create a plan of action. Our team will create an appropriate plan for your business to protect all your employees. It is important to call our specialist immediately to begin the planning process if you experience a confirmation of Covid -19 in your business. 

Now Offering Residential COVID-19 Disinfecting and Cleaning

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Bear wearing a hospital mask Protect your family with residential disinfecting and cleaning.

SERVPRO is fighting COVID-19

For many years, your local SERVPRO has been servicing businesses and residents when emergencies strike.  Now, with the uncertainty on the times, you can still depend on us to be there for you.  Our technicians train for emergencies EVERYDAY, so when a virus takes hold of Local communities, we are ready to step forward and serve you.

Our residential services include electrostatic fogging, using an EPA registered hospital grade disinfectant.  Safety of our technicians and the public is our top priority, so our technicians are currently wearing correct PPE such as masks, gloves and full coverage suits when in all customer homes.

For more information on our residential disinfecting and cleaning services please call our office.  Our office staff will be happy to help you 24/7 at 708-672-0077.

When Rain Comes In

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

water dew on clear glass sliding window during daytime Water damage can come from open windows.

Have you ever forgotten to close the window before a store comes in?  Or left for vacation with a window open?  As you may have learned, Mother Nature doesn’t care if water comes in your home.    Water damage to wood window frames or floors can start off small but then quickly turn into a larger problem.  It is important to properly handle a water damage as quickly as possible.  Calling the experts at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher has years of experience in water mitigation and home restoration.  Repairs and replacing is what we are great at.  Life throws curve balls at us all, the question is how will you handle the situation?  Property dealing with a home issue can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. 

Preparing for Tornado Season

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

Tornado in the sky over field Tornado season is here.

Tornado season is generally Marchthrough May in Illinois, although tornadoes can and do occur at any time of the year.  They tend to occur in the afternoons and evenings with 50% occurring between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. This information is according to ISWS Illinois.

If tornadoes strike in Illinois it is very important to have a plan for your family and then a plan should damage happen to your house. At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher we want your family to be safe, we can help salvage your belongings after the storm settles. We can repair or rebuild your home and help restore they family pictures and your daughters favorite teddy bear.  We are here to help your family at your families worst moments.  Restoration is what we specialize in.  We respond to storm evens all over the country no matter what they are or where.  

Do You Have Mold?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Black mold with the words “black mold” on top Black mold? Call SERVPRO!

What causes mold?

Mold require only 3 things to support its life and growth: moisture, perfect temperature, and something organic to eat.  Moisture can come from an improperly vented bathroom, a pipe leak, or seepage in a basement.  The perfect temperature for mold is in fact the same temperature that we like to live in.  Finally, organic material is things such as wood dressers, wood floors, and drywall.  

It’s just a little mold...

Mold can spread very quickly, and can go from just a little to an overwhelming issue very fast.  Mold has spores that just like pollen in the air mold can become airborne and take hold in other areas of your home.  Mold that grows inside a wall can grow for months or even years before it starts to show through to the other side of the drywall.  Usually when this starts you just start to see faint gray spots on the drywall that many people either think is dirt or finger prints or never notice at all.  Additionally, the smell from mold can be faint and sneak up on you and you can become used to it until you go on a long vacation or someone from outside the household points it out.  

Is mold really THAT dangerous?

Mold can definitely cause health concerns. especially for those with underlying health concerns.  If you think you have mold, speak to your doctor about how this could affect your health.

What should I do if I think I have mold?

If you think that you have mold in your home, call the mold remediation experts at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher for a mold evaluation and air quality testing TODAY!

Fire Happens, We Can Help

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

House with smoke and fire coming from roof Fire can cause so much loss, let us help you.

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

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

Looks like it’s time to call SERVPRO.

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Pipe with water spraying water from joint and SERVPRO house logo in the lower right corner. Calling SERVPRO can save you money and hassle in the long run.

Broken Pipe Under Your Sink?

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

Calling The Professionals

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

Next Time You Have A Water Damage, CALL SERVPRO!

Air Scrubbers Save The Day!

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a green air scrubber with the SERVPRO house logo Breath easier with air scrubbers!

What is an air scrubber?

A SERVPRO air scrubber is a machine that technicians use to filter particles, gasses, or chemicals from the air.  An air scrubber takes the air in a room and pulls it in, as the air passes through specialty filters, different unwanted parts of the air are stopped while the good air continues on its way.

When are air scrubbers used?

Air scrubbers can be used for a number of different reasons.  Many time our technicians will use air scrubbers on a mold remediation, a fire restoration, or a biohazard job.  Air scrubbers can also me used when working in dusty areas such as basements or attics.  An air scrubber is a great way to clear the air a bit and make the environment easier to breath in. 

We Are Cleaning Experts

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crews in front of our offices. We are here to serve you!

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

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

Specialized Training

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

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

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

Specialized Products

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

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

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

Sources:

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

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

We Care!

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

SERVPRO Construction Team is Building

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

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

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


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

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

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

“Like it never even happened.”

Keeping Safe and Social Distance

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

School Cleaning and Disinfection

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

First: Immunize

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

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

Second: Reduce Exposure to the Virus 

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

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

Third: Obtain Medical Interventions

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

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

Avoid Delays When Dealing with Water Damage in Chicago Heights

2/29/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage Plus Sewage in Chicago Heights Home

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

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

Controlled Demolition Actions

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

Safety During Water Loss Cleanup

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

Drying the Subfloor

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

Odor Control Against Sewage 

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

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

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JOB OPENING - CONTROLLER

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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CONTROLLER Job Discription 

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

Position Summary / Purpose 

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

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

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

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

Additional Duties and Responsibilities 

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

Decision Rights and Authority 

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

Working Relationships and Scope 

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

Performance Competencies 

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

Qualifications-Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Education and Experience

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

  • Finance, Accounting, Budgeting, and Cost Control

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

  • Strategic Skills

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

  • Mathematical Skills

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

  • Constructive Confrontation

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

  • Software

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

  • Computers and Electronic Technology

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

Physical Demands 

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

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

Working Conditions 

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

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

Winning Strategies for Removing Water From Chicago Heights Homes

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

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

Flood Water Removal and Damage Cleanup in Chicago Heights Home 

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

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

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

Why is Floodwater Worse Than a Pipe Break?

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

Why Does Sheetrock Get Cut Away From the Bottom Up

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

Safety During Mitigation

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

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

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SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team Nichols

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Commercial Flood Damage In Your Chicago Heights Property

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Commercial Flood Damage Experts In Chicago Heights Discuss Problems With Pipe Freezes

During this time of year in Chicago Heights, outdoor temperatures can fluctuate from day to day. One day the sun could come out, and the temperature could be in the 50's or 60's. Then, the next day a storm can roll in that drops the temperature to below the freezing point of 32 degrees Fahrenheit. If temperatures drop drastically at night, it could cause it to become cold inside parts of your book store.

Sometimes, retail buildings have areas that are not insulated as well, and the temperature inside that region can also drop below freezing. During some commercial flood damage projects in Chicago Heights, our SERVPRO team discovers that the cause is a pipe freezing. When it gets cold inside your book store building, it is possible that the water running in your plumbing system can freeze. When water freezes, it expands inside your pipes, which can cause the metal piping to burst. Since the H2O is frozen, it might not leak right away, but once the weather warms up in the morning, the ice can melt and cause moisture to enter your building.

Once liquid H2O starts flowing out of a broken pipe, it can pour into your structure and cause several problems with your store's products and structural components. Especially since your business sells books, moisture can ruin your products that are made of paper. In some situations, our SERVPRO technicians can save wet items by drying them out if we start the process promptly.

Even a small amount of moisture entering your structure can cause the humidity levels to rise inside your store. Water vapor can then cause damage to the books sitting on your shelves if the humidity level does not get dropped to normal quickly. When attempting to restore your wet contents and building materials, our SERVPRO crew can set up air movers and dehumidifiers as a part of the applied structural drying or ASD phase.

If several of your books got wet, we could set up extra dehumidifiers to pull moisture out of the air and other porous items such as your products. During severe situations, we can move all of your products out of your store and dry out your structural components and contents separately.

If you ever notice elevated humidity levels inside your place of business after a pipe freezes, call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077 24/7. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Why SERVPRO is the Best Choice for Water Damaged Chicago Height Healthcare Facilities

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Outside of hospital building When your healthcare facility experiences a water loss event, call SERVPRO. We are trained and always on call.

Highest Sanitization Standards Met After Water Damage to Chicago Heights Rehabilitation Center 

When a malfunctioning sprinkler system suddenly floods spaces inside a residential and healthcare facility in Chicago Heights, a fast and expert response is the only solution. The specialized skills and professional-grade equipment our highly-qualified team brings to any emergency are top-notch. Expectations for cleanup of water and other losses in a healthcare facility are understandably high. We are up to the challenge. 

Timely Response with Minimal Disruption 

The stress on the staff and residents if patients to accommodate water damage restoration in a Chicago Heights rehabilitation facility is considerable. The efforts of our team to remove water and dry out the facility with as little disruption as possible are a matter of training, skill, proper equipment, and professional pride. Our focus is to devise ways to extract the water swiftly and thoroughly while allowing most if not all residents to remain safe in their familiar rooms and common areas. 

Containment Considerations 

Because of the susceptibility of the residents to airborne contaminants, SERVPRO makes sure to wrap work areas in 6-mil polyethylene. Negative pressure air scrubbing equipment forces the atmosphere inside the sealed work chambers through HEPA filters, removing any dust and contaminants in the water vapor. Sealed work areas are essential as it is impossible to operate the equipment and clean the surfaces without stirring up residues, which can include mold spores and possibly opportunistic pathogens. 

Sanitation Standards 

Trust the SERVPRO team to be aware of and capable of meeting the sanitation standards required by local licensing authorities. We are trained in the appropriate use of EPA-registered disinfectants and commit to a close working relationship with facility housekeeping staff to ensure the result goes beyond thoroughly dried structural components. If required, we pledge to achieve a “hospital clean” standard, higher than that of typical mitigation and remediation.  

Commercial Experience 

SERVPRO has familiarity responding to disasters in a range of commercial settings. Our team is one of a nationwide network of restoration specialists with training and experience in working with water loss scenarios in: 

  • Hospitals
  • Assisted Living Centers
  • Outpatient Surgical Centers
  • Hospice Facilities
  • Senior Living Facilities
  • Medical Office Buildings 

Contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher if you require professional water damage restoration assistance in a healthcare facility. Call us at (708) 672-0077 round the clock to see how we can help. 

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Using Industrial Equipment for Commercial Water Removal in Massive Structures around Chicago

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Chicago we have what your business needs to get back on track after water damage.

Our restoration services have a reputation for bringing expertise to both private residences and massive commercial structures. Substantial flooding across a wide area requires industrial equipment to control, mitigate, and restore. As the property manager of a mall, there are several challenging scenarios to overcome. Temporary closure for multiple stores can seriously affect business relations. From a practical standpoint, restoring properties with high ceilings and hundreds of cubic feet is suitable only for the industrial restoration tools and experts to operate them. 

Our service has access to national resources allowing us to provide commercial water removal to Chicago's most prominent businesses. We can mobilize quickly with a team of expert water restoration technicians (WRT) led by an exceptional crew chief. Having experience of water incidents in large venues is essential to understand which equipment to use. Our knowledge and professional know-how allow SERVPRO to get the job completed on-time and on-budget. We have a proven track record in working with state buildings, commercial warehouses and big retailers. 

Residential water restoration equipment may include devices like air movers or desiccant dehumidifiers and portable heaters. However, many of these equipment is too small to have an impact on a larger commercial property. There are ways SERVPRO can mitigate these issues, such as by establishing drying tents to create lower, concentrated drying zones. The most effective measure, though, is to use equipment that is designed for spaces like your mall. 

Controlling temperature and humidity is essential to the restoration of commercial spaces, just like it is to residential areas. For commercial operations, SERVPRO can mobilize direct expansion units (DX) to control humidity and temperature. Industrial units can weigh upwards of 50 tonnes. Where power issues may be a concern, we can use power distribution boxes to convert electrical supply into those needed for each machine. 

When industrial equipment is the only response, contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077.

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Storms and Flooding Affecting Your Chicago Heights Home? Contact SERVPRO to Mitigate the Damages

1/11/2020 (Permalink)

floodwaters, muddy, items floating in a commercial building entrance When Floodwaters Infiltrate Your Chicago Heights Home--Don't Wait-- Call SERVPRO for Swift Extraction and Mitigation

Chicago Heights Residents Use Professional Flood Damage Recovery to Overcome Emergencies Rapidly

Flood Damage Chicago
When floodwaters get inside your property, they quickly migrate from the point of entry into further recesses of the home. Stemming the tide can be one of the most effective emergency mitigation tasks a homeowner can perform. Blocking water at doorways by closing and sealing doors can be useful. However, rising water levels can create slip & trip hazards so, if you do decide to take action, be extra careful of floating debris as well as wires or furniture.

Many victims of flood damage in Chicago Heights seek out professional services to remedy the issues. Moisture is affected by temperature as well as air flow, which can see the relative humidity in your home quickly rise to worrisome levels. When humidity reaches above 60 grains per pound (GPP), the likelihood of mold growth increases significantly. One useful method to use in the immediate aftermath is to open windows to replace the humid air with dry outdoor air. SERVPRO technicians also advise using box fans to encourage ventilation in a flooded property further. However, the caveat is that the exterior temperature should be greater and the humidity less, to effectively displace interior damp air.

Managing the various exchanges of temperature, air, or odor is part of water recovery. Moist air typical slows the drying process because it is saturated at a certain point. Equally, the temperature rises to the upper regions of a space, which can make it challenging to dry floors or carpets adequately. One method SERVPRO uses to increase drying efficiency is to create smaller drying zones. Place polyethylene sheeting on some regions of the level, then using wet sandbags or other weights to seal and hold them in place to create a drying tent. Ducting an air mover or fan inside the drying tent can increase drying efficiency by raising surface temperatures.

The above maneuvers to mitigate flooding sound above your pay grade scale? It probably does, so contact SERVPRO to lessen your stress and the damage to your property.

Ultimately, there are myriad practices that apply to a flood situation. These can vary greatly depending on the size, structure, and severity of the water incident. Most require professional equipment that SERVPRO can provide within four hours of notification of loss. Residents of Chicago often choose to use professional services because of their knowledge, professionalism, and equipment, which help to ensure full recovery is complete as soon as possible.

Overcoming flooding can be a time-consuming and challenging procedure. Contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077.

Flood Damage Restoration In Your Chicago Heights Home

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

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A Fully Prepared SERVPRO Team Handles Flood Damage Restoration in Chicago Heights Easily

Various flood-proofing steps like having an elevated landscape and swales redirecting water from the property did not save a Chicago Heights home from flooding, when driving rain during a storm, pushed some water into the living room and garage. Luckily, the owner informed SERVPRO immediately, and our crews swung into action promptly.

After scoping the flood damage at the Chicago Heights home, our crew was elated to find that there was no contaminated groundwater inside the house. Thorough extraction and drying could, therefore, help restore the home to its preloss state. Despite the initial good news, the site presented other challenges that could delay the removal process leading to complicated secondary issues.

Downed power lines from the storm meant no power at the property. Without power, running vital equipment such as pumps, water extractors, and dehumidifiers is a challenge. Our SERVPRO teams anticipate such issues and have alternative power sources to perform the job. Using truck-mounted water extractors that run on power drawn from the engines of the production vehicles, we could start the extraction immediately. We also have backup generators to supply power to other equipment. Lack of power also meant no heat in the house, which could jeopardize the drying process, but using portable heaters and expertly exhausting warm air from dehumidifiers back into the wet areas solved that problem.

Some aspects of the loss did require the human touch to resolve. For example, no automation could help in sorting out wet, messy materials stored in the garage area, yet the homeowner wanted them salvaged. Our SERVPRO technicians understand the need to preserve items with sentimental value, so we were delighted to help. Separating items made of different materials helped minimize cross-contamination, while specialized techniques such as freeze-drying helped save some books and other paper materials. Certainly, we could not save everything, but we were happy to meet the expectations of the homeowner.

Flooding can surprise you in terms of timing, intensity, or many other factors. Call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077 to help deal manage any incident, “Like it never even happened.”

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What Deodorization Equipment is Necessary to Remove Smoke Damage From Chicago Apartments

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Deodorization Equipment for Smoke-Damaged Chicago Apartments 

We strive to provide the most efficient path to recovery of your Chicago apartment after a fire loss incident. Because many of these apartment units are limited in square footage, even smaller fires can have disastrous and catastrophic results for the property owner. Odors are among the toughest obstacles to overcome, as so many materials and areas can become affected by these conditions. Choosing the best approach for odor removal does not always mean selecting one of the many premier deodorizing machines that we have available to our SERVPRO professionals. 

When beginning fire odor removal in Chicago apartments, our crew chief and production manager must assess the full scope of the damage and determine the best approach to limit the strength and severity of noxious scents. Many practices can help later official deodorization efforts to be more productive. Beginning with these preliminary tactics can maximize the use of our potent deodorizing agents and the equipment that disperses these products. Before we choose among the available odor removal equipment in the apartment, we can start by:  

  • Removing charred remnants and ash from floors and surfaces
  • Using content management to remove ruined items from the apartment
  • Cleaning exposed surfaces that are not too severely damaged to protect 

Once these steps have taken place, the present odor is more manageable for the equipment our SERVPRO team uses. Because of the limited space in an apartment, our technicians can rely on fogging equipment that can move to the specific points that suffer from the most potent smoke odor concentrations. Thermal foggers can rapidly heat deodorizing agents to a vapor. This vapor can penetrate porous materials like drywall, carpeting, and particleboard cabinets to neutralize trapped smoke molecules.  

As challenging as removing odors can be after a fire loss incident, our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team can help through nearly every phase of this process. We have qualified fire restoration specialists that can oversee the removal of lingering odors during restoration and make these losses “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (708) 672-0077.  

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SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Contest

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO supports local first responders Fire Fighter Challenge

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher is a proud supporter of our local first responders. Firefighters, police, EMTs and radio dispatchers sacrifice plenty to serve their communities. We are having a contest where local citizens can nominate a local hero before kick off of the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl. At half time, a random winner will be chosen from the nominees and they'll win a tail gate party for their office or station. No purchase is necessary.

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Our Water Damage Experts Discuss Options For Saturated Drywall In Your Chicago Apartment

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Options for Saturated Drywall in Chicago Studio Apartments

Drywall is a staple of modern construction and the fastest method for constructing walls against the framework for Chicago apartments. These materials, however accessible they might be, are also among the most susceptible to water losses and saturation. Without immediate action from qualified and trained professionals like our SERVPRO team, exposure of water to the drywall areas of your home can have even costlier effects.

Knowing how to either protect all of your drywall, or the currently unaffected parts, is a vital element to water removal in Chicago apartments. Studio apartments specifically can allow for water losses to spread throughout your entire unit with little to stop the flow but the walls and flooring. Prolonged exposure can also threaten adjoining apartments, encouraging a prompt acquisition of professional restorers like our team. There are options to protect your drywall and other damaged surfaces beginning as soon as our professionals arrive.

It is possible to protect the installed drywall, even if moderately saturated with clean water, but this process must happen quickly. In as little as 24 hours, water pulled into the porous wallboard begins to alter the composition of the material, warping and distorting it. Once any swelling has begun, drying techniques like air movers, dehumidifiers, and direct heating are ineffective for these portions of the material.

Controlled demolition is an effective strategy to ensure the continuity of restoration practices without delays. We have an on-board team of contractors capable of handling focused demolition so that walls above flood cuts and removed carpeting or hardwood flooring can also get replaced when necessary. Removing damaged portions of drywall allow for a faster drying process and reduce total build back times when in the later phases of recovery.

Studio apartments can become a challenging residence when contending with a water loss incident. With the speed that conditions can spread through the open floor plan and other potential units that can become affected as well, you need qualified professionals like our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team. Give our rapid response crew a call today at (708) 672-0077.

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We Help You Get Back In Business After A Flood In Chicago Heights

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Our van outside a flood damage restoration job When a storm hits in any of our communities we are on top of it. We are available 24/7 and have state of the art equipment ready for any size job.

Widespread Flood Damage in Chicago Heights? SERVPRO Helps Preserve Your Business after the Storm

Dealing with inches to feet of contaminated flood water in your Chicago Heights business is stress defined. Add in the potential for even more devastation and personal injury that might hide beneath the collected waters and the risks that could lurk above your head, obtaining expert assistance from a company experienced in large, commercial flooding losses is critical.

We Tick All the Boxes

When we prepare our employees for commercial jobs, severe flood damage to your Chicago Heights warehouse and distribution center is precisely the kind of devastation we envisioned. The harm to the structure of your building can transform your climate-controlled and efficient space to a hazardous environment, exposing your employees to the risk of injury and your equipment and inventory to ruin. We adhere to a research-based protocol during the evaluation of the damage, including a comprehensive inspection focused on structure safety.

Clear the Space

Before the SERVPRO team arrives, make sure to evacuate the building until we can determine the extent of the structural damage. Be aware that even areas that seem unaffected can hide hazards like water trapped above ceilings or behind walls that can cause injury if the stressed components fail. Contaminants swept inside with the flooding might be invisible yet still pose serious health concerns. On occasion, we call in structural engineers to assess the safety of your building’s building materials, keeping in mind the welfare of your staff as well as our crews during flood water removal and drying.

Top to Bottom Concerns

A wary eye to the heights above needs a balanced look to the underpinning as well. The particleboard subfloors in many buildings cannot endure the ravages of sustained water saturation, of particular concern if previous flood damage, known or unnoticed, weakened them. Equipment, workers, and inventory can all fall prey to this collateral damage. SERVPRO inspection also seeks any splintering, broken glass and other debris, and warping of the surface that can cause substantial issues. We need a secure surface to work from, and the contents of your business depend on a stable place to await the success of our mitigation and remediation efforts.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher prepares to help our commercial clients survive and thrive even after severe storm and flood damage. Call us anytime to address all aspects of your flooding emergency at (708) 672-0077.

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We Have The Premier Recovery Tools Necessary After A Storm In Chicago

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

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The Damage ‘The Windy City’ Can Do to Chicago Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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The Benefits of Hiring Our Flood Experts In Chicago Heights

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

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Advantages of Well-Educated Flood Specialists in Chicago Heights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Important Things You Need To Know About Storm Damage in Your Chicago Home

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

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How To Dry Hardwood Flooring In Your Chicago Area Home After A Flood

Professionals may use three different methods for drying hardwood in your Chicago home. You can even use more than one method simultaneously if you desire quicker or more effective results. However, over-drying can occur; therefore, we recommend diligent monitoring. 

You can perform hardwood drying in your Chicago area home after a flood on your own; at least it’s not impossible. However, it does take some investment and training, both of which you might find taxing — calling a local restoration technician gives you access to an entire team that stands ready with the equipment, experience, training, and resources necessary to get the job done right.

At SERVPRO, we use an Injectidry Panel System to dry your hardwood floors without ever removing a single panel. You should keep in mind that regardless of who dries your hardwood floor, your floor may still require refinishing, after all, is said and done. 

Injectidry Panel System:

  1. SERVPRO technicians set up a containment area around the affected room using 6-mil polyethylene plastic sheeting.
  2. We use a dehumidifier to regulate moisture.
  3. Our technicians install the Injectidry Panel Drying System correctly, maintaining adequate spacing between panels and the flue. 
  4. We secure all drying panels securely using preservation tape specifically designed to avoid secondary damages.
  5. Lastly, our team monitors moisture content frequently using a penetrating meter and slide hammer, at all levels, including the sub-floor.

Heat Drying System:

  1. Cover the wet area of your hardwood floor with 6-mil polyethylene plastic sheeting.
  2. Place the thermostat control for your heat system directly in the center, set to 100-105 degrees.
  3. Install heat ducts into the containment area.
  4. Monitor moisture content frequently using a penetrating meter and slide hammer, at all levels, including the sub-floor.
  5. Use an infrared moisture meter to check the material’s temperature frequently.

Desiccant Dehumidifier:

  1. Loosely place 6-mil polyethylene sheeting over the wet hardwood floor. 
  2. Install ducting to deliver clean air from your dehumidifier into the containment area.
  3. Vent reprocessed air outside or through an LGR dehumidifier.
  4. Monitor moisture content frequently using a penetrating meter and slide hammer, at all levels, including the sub-floor.
  5. Use an infrared moisture meter to check the material’s temperature frequently.

Contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher for access to professional cleanup and restoration services 24/7, 365. (708) 672-0077

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Did You Know that SERVPRO Offers Remodeling of Chicago Heights Homes in Addition to Our Restoration Services?

10/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Chicago Heights Kitchen And General Home Remodeling

Chicago Heights has become a perfect bedroom community for many commuters and a wonderful place to live and work for many others. Our population of over 30,000 in 2010 is expected to rise with the next census in 2020 considerably. ‘The Heights,’ as many of us call our city, is a popular place for families of all ages to settle in and put down roots.
 
That is why general home and kitchen remodeling in Chicago Heights is growing at such a fast clip. It has increased so much in the last few years, that SERVPRO now offers our neighbors these remodeling and other services that do not require a flood or a mold infestation to invite us into your home.

One difference between our remodeling service and restoring a home after a fire is that it often costs less. While there is still some demolition needed, our technicians do not have to clear each room of the malodors left behind with the soot and smoke residues from even a small, quickly extinguished blaze.
 
Instead, SERVPRO crew members can go directly to pulling down drywall panels and tearing out the framing behind them. This allows our crews to work closely with the homeowner so she can see exactly where she wants to move the walls in order to expand a kitchen or master bedroom, add a closet, lengthen a family room, or widen a hallway to accommodate a parent that may have moved in recently and needs a wheelchair or scooter to get around. We can help with the planning of demolition, and a remodel to follow budgetary guidelines.

Our technicians also train extensively to remove and install a brand-new kitchen. That includes everything from new linoleum on the floor, redesigned cabinets, and countertops, to metal splashback panels behind a new, ‘smart’ oven that the husband can control from his phone. The options are almost limitless, and we can help to simplify the options and desires and needs of our customers.
 
At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher, our goal is to provide this same type of service to residents here, in Park Forest, Sauk Village, Steger, and elsewhere in our area. If you want this level of remodeling assistance in your home, call us at (708) 672-0077 today. We are here to help you create that perfect, ‘forever’ home.

How SERVPRO Can Help You After Fire Damage Strikes Your Home

10/13/2019 (Permalink)

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What Does SERVPRO Do After a Fire in Park Forest?

Knowing what to expect after a devastating fire loss can help to offer peace of mind in a time of upheaval for your Park Forest home and your family. As overwhelming as the circumstance can be, mainly when structural damages and widespread hazards exist, knowing how our qualified professionals can help you is a great comfort to some homeowners.

We have extensive experience in Park Forest fire damage recovery and continual training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and in-house coursework in various facets of fire restoration and cleaning, making us knowledgeable and confident in the work we do. We have a system that we follow in restoring fire losses, and that begins with our first contact with the customer or their insurance company.

Our SERVPRO team has established relationships with local insurance companies, helping us to better coordinate efforts and share vital information during this crisis recovery. When it comes to fire loss restoration, every minute counts and the longer we wait to begin mitigation, the more areas of the house become affected by spreading threats like odors, soot, smoke residues, and other particulates.

When our team first arrives, we start by conducting a thorough inspection of the property under the oversight of our project management and crew chief. If it is safe to do so, we can escort the homeowner through the site to get a better understanding of their knowledge of the situation and their wishes for their home moving forward. It is always our priority to meet or exceed the expectations of our customers.

We have several pieces of equipment that get brought into the staging areas that our SERVPRO team sets up throughout the damaged house. We address foul odors with tools and products, we can use cleaning agents for safely removing soot residues, and we have stationary filtration devices to begin making the air safer for our technicians to breathe as work continues.

There are many phases of fire recovery, and in many situations, the restoration of your home can take weeks or longer. It is always our priority to perform our jobs as promptly and as thoroughly as we can so that once our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team turns the property back to the customer, it is “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (708) 672-0077.

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Emergency Damage Restoration in Chicago Heights? Why SERVPRO Should be Your First Call!

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Snowy day; SERVPRO large equipment in parking lot drying water damaged property No matter the size of your damage restoration project, SERVPRO is equipped to handle it all!

Why SERVPRO is a Strong Choice for Chicago Heights Restoration

We have only been serving the southern communities of the Chicago metropolitan area for just over a decade.  We have also made enough of an impact with our customers and their properties to become esteemed among the Top 100 SERVPRO Franchises in the county. With more than 1700 locations, this is a prestigious honor that encourages us to continue to put our customers first, helping them through every loss situation with confidence and dependability. We know how important it is to get you back into your Chicago Heights home after water, fire, mold, and storm loss events. You can count on our award-winning service to help you do that. 

Water

Water losses comprise a majority share of the work that we do for Chicago Heights homes and businesses. We have made substantial investments into training our technicians and the tools that they utilize on a job site. We begin with ensuring that each of our professionals has a base certification as a Water Restoration Technician (WRT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) firm. Many pursue additional endorsements, including:

  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS)
  • Odor Control Technician (OCT)
  • Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT)
  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)

One of the innovative advancements that help us to provide a more efficient and transparent water damage recovery for Chicago Heights homes and businesses is our DryBook software. This program is exclusive to SERVPRO and helps to balance our efforts against the drying standards of the restoration industry. The program is also ideal for documenting all steps of the drying processes and their effects in real-time, which can help to showcase progress to our customers and clients.

We know the importance of removing standing water within your home, so we waste no time in employing the most effective extraction and drying equipment at our disposal. From wet-vacs and pumps of varying size and strength to hundreds of air movers and dehumidification drying units, we can handle water damage in Chicago Heights properties.

Mold 

With flooding and water loss incidents being such persistent threats to many of the homes and businesses throughout Chicago Heights, mold is an eventuality that can be a costly condition without immediate remediation tactics. While many property owners might not actively look for mold growth, there are signs like spotting on drywall. Harsh, musty odors also indicate that can indicate a colony is forming or already active in your home. If you suspect that you might have a mold issue in your house, you can contact our SERVPRO professionals for evaluation and inspection. We also provide a necessary response for your property needs.

Mold growth can begin in as little as 48 hours from the time that your Chicago Heights property meets the necessary conditions. Moisture and dampness can originate from many sources. Addressing all of these possibilities is vital in contending with the current growth threat and limiting the possibility of recurrences with long-term moisture management solutions. 

We know how quickly colonization occurs. Contending with mold damage in Chicago Heights homes starts with a fast response to these emergencies from our IICRC-Certified remediators. Even our owner, who holds an AMRT certification, says our team strives to have “the capability to respond faster and better to any disaster in our area.” 

Storm

As we have been helping out residents in the area for more than a decade, we have seen the frequency that many Chicago Heights homes and businesses have to succumb to flooding. As such, we have always sought to provide the tips and strategies to keep you and your family safe first and worry about restoration and recovery efforts second. With how unsafe rising water can be, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Never drive on flooded streets.
  • Avoid downed power lines.
  • Keep a travel bag and emergency kit ready at all times.
  • Have an emergency plan in place for your entire family.

Once you have ensured the safety of your family and pets, you can work to address pressing flood and storm damage in Chicago Heights properties.

We have sophisticated recovery tools that can immediately address standing water and saturation concerns for construction materials and structural elements. With a team of contracting specialists in our crew, we also have the capability of providing emergency board up and roof tarping where needed to reduce further flood effects in Chicago Heights properties.

Fire 

There are many more levels to fire damage in Chicago Heights homes than soot, odors, airborne threats, and smoke. For most properties dealing with even a moderate fire loss incident, recovery specialists must address suppression system residues, water damage, and other substances present during the combustion. Areas like your carpeting and upholstery are particularly susceptible to water damage. These residues that require cleanup, so they are focal points of the restoration services that our SERVPRO team provides.

Much like the storm damage that we can expect throughout the Chicago Heights area, fire safety is something that our professionals educate residents in the area about as well. As part of this readiness strategy and a system to keep your family safe in this time of crisis, we encourage all homeowners to purchase alert stickers that can detail special needs of occupants of your house, the number of people and pets in your family, and any other pertinent details.

We know that fire loss situations can be overwhelming and stressful, and that is why we invest so much in the education and training of our Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT.) We can provide a solid recovery strategy for your home and also help our customers through the traumatic experience with our compassionate approach.

The Greater Chicago area can be a centerpiece for all manner of disasters and emergencies, but our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team can help. We have a fast response and cutting-edge equipment to make any loss situation “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (708) 672-0077. 

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Chicago Heights Home Up for New Flooring? SERVPRO Provides the Solution!

9/24/2019 (Permalink)

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Hardwood And Alternative Flooring For Chicago Heights Homes

In Chicago Heights, flooding can come in the form of storms or failed plumbing. When it happens, the results often ruin carpets and force homeowners to remove and replace them quickly.

When removing carpets, SERVPRO sometimes finds beautiful wood flooring. That can change Chicago Heights clean up and restoring efforts, since it may be more desirable to salvage and refinish the floorboards. This is an option that we can provide to our customers. If no surprises are revealed upon removing the carpet, our technicians can still install a new hardwood floor instead of carpet.

Hardwood flooring is sturdy and beautiful, but it can be costly to install in large rooms and hallways. Alternatives that can fit almost any budget are engineered wood and laminated slats. Both of these types of wood surfaces come in a variety of looks and designs that make either one an excellent choice for any room in the house.

Engineered wood is real wood, just put together a little differently. Each slat is thin strips glued together in opposite directions for tensile strength. The method makes each slat stronger than one single piece of wood. It does not buckle or twist like hardwoods which go with the natural grain. Moreover, SERVPRO remodeling teams can install it directly over concrete, which is not practical with hardwood flooring. Once installed, engineered flooring is indistinguishable from hardwood.

Laminated flooring is even more versatile and just as easy for us to install. It is a multi-layered product containing a compressed glued wood particle base that can warp from flooding and scuff from surface wear. This is an economical way to have a wood floor. The finished flooring can look like hardwood, tile, and even some types of stone flooring. The advanced, laminated products available today also come in a wide variety of colors as well, making it useful for every part of the home from the kitchen and bath to the living room and patio. We do recommend vinyl plank flooring for rooms that are exposed to water and moisture.

At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher, we want to give every homeowner here or in Park Forest, Sauk Village, and Steger the look they want for their residences. Regardless, if it is after a disaster or not, call us today at (708) 672-0077 to see what we can do for you when it comes to installing new flooring and other remodeling efforts.
 

Water Damage Park Forest Managing Our Clients Contents.

9/13/2019 (Permalink)

Boxes of items in a living room, with a white couch and plant. We know how important it is to have your everyday items back from water damage in your Park Forest home.

SERVPRO will help you get all your Park Forest  items back to normal after water damage.

Whenever there is a water leak in a client's home, the immediate focus is on turning the water off. Then the floors and structure come to mind. Mopping up a great deal of water can be time-consuming, and if not completed quickly, humidity levels in the home can lead to mold generation.

High humidity situations are one of the reasons, we at SERVPRO respond to water damage events in Park Forest so quickly. We know that the client is worried about their home and its contents. A fast response allows us to control the damage and limit the time it can take to restore their home. We use a variety of equipment depending on the extent of the water in the house. The equipment may include pumps, dehumidifiers, air movers, and vacuums to extract the water.

Manage Client Contents 

The contents of a home can be divided into categories. The categories depend on the degree of damage and the type of material. Some are rush items because the client requires these items for everyday living. Others need to be dried and then cleaned and restored. Many are removed for storage when there is no need to clean or dry the items. The last category are items that need special processing. Before restoring these items, SERVPRO may require approval from the client, the insurance adjuster, or both.

Documentation, Tracking, and Staging

SERVPRO technicians are trained to properly manage all aspects of a client's water damage event. Every item must be cataloged. The catalog includes action required and location the item is stored. All of this organization allows our technicians to respond to a client's water damage situation and restore everything as quickly as possible, "Like it never even happened."

Once the home is completely restored, everything cleaned and restored off-site can be returned to the customer's home.

Call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077 for 24/7 serve. We serve Sauk Village, Steger, Lynwood, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Fire Damage Professionals Discuss The Factors That Affect The Outcome Of Restoration Services In Steger Properties

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

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Factors That Affect The Outcome Of Fire Damage Restoration Services In Steger Properties

After fire damage in a property, there are many cleaning challenges left behind. Due to the unpredictable nature of fire, a home blaze has the potential to contain different types of smoke residues in a single room due to various kinds of materials burned and varying temperatures.

SERVPRO technicians test the smoke residues to determine the best technicians and methods to address fire damage in a Steger home. Using correct applications and tools to clean up fire loss is vital to avoid further damage to the structure and contents. For example, wetting dry smoke acts to drive it further into porous surfaces rather than cleaning it.

Keep Traffic Out of the Fire Loss Area
When a fire happens in a home, it is more common to find a portion of the house affected rather than the entire home gutted. However, discourage entrance into the areas with fire damage, as it can spread odor-causing soot around the house. When SERVPRO technicians arrive, they contain the area to inhibit any cross-contamination.

Do Not Clean Smoke Residue
Wait for SERVPRO to arrive as using consumer-based cleaning products have the potential to make the smoke and soot damage on surfaces and objects worse. Self-cleaning may make stains permanent.

Time Between the Event and Cleanup
The time that elapsed between the fire in the home and the cleanup plays a significant role in the restorability factor of both the building structure and contents.

Carpet and Flooring is Often Restorable
Each job site is unique, and SERVPRO technicians have the training to identify whether or not the carpet or hardwood flooring may benefit from their restoration services. Specialized equipment used for water extraction and drying increases the chances of a successful outcome for the flooring.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher stands ready to assist homeowners with fire damage to their properties. Call us at (708) 672-0077 and our trained, and certified technicians will arrive within an hour and make the fire loss “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher is on the Lookout for a Marketing Support Coordinator

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

'Now Hiring' sign.  Man shaking another man's hand We are growing and looking for a marketing support coordinator. Call us today if you are interested!

Does helping others find the perfect fit of professional resources to recover from a property damage crisis appeal to your desire to make a difference to individuals and businesses in your community? 

Our dedicated team of disaster response experts is in search of an enthusiastic and compassionate Market Support Coordinator. Your ability to share clear, concise, and actionable information about our services to individuals and businesses coping with the stress and worry following water, fire, storm or other damage is crucial to SERVPRO’s goal of making the disaster “Like it never even happened.”

The successful candidate is a self-motivated, dependable, and assured individual who has excellent listening and communication skills when working with potential and established customers and other team members. A calm and compassionate demeanor even when multiple tasks require attention is mandatory. If you establish high expectations for yourself and relish it when your efforts go above and beyond those targets, you will love and excel at this position. 

We value our employees and maintain an attractive compensation package across job categories. SERVPRO also supports and encourages professional development.

Chicago Heights Property Owners, Concern Over Dollars, and SERVPRO to Help Mitigate Flood Losses

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

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What You Should Know About Costs of Flood Damage in Your Chicago Heights Home

Dealing with a flooding incident can be distressing for several reasons. For instance, in most cases, there is little one can do to stop a flooding incident from causing damages. The episode can also cause widespread damages in your home, affecting contents as well as building materials. Involving a professional restoration service can help ease the recovery process. Understanding the different costs, you are likely to incur also helps.

Additional Factors that Increase Cost
Although the primary determinant of costs after flood damage in your Chicago Heights home is the intensity of the incident that causes it, other factors also play a role. It is possible to minimize or even eliminate the additional cost these extra factors contribute based on the action you take when you are aware of the incident. These factors might include:

•    How long the water sits in the property
•    The type of water involved, Black Water is contaminated
•    The area of the property affected
•    The amount of water involved
•    The section of property affected

The Affected Part of the House Matters
The affected location of the property influences the costs because of the materials or contents that the water damages. An area like the basement might have a plain concrete floor, which is resilient, unlike the living room, which might have a finished wooden floor that water can damage easily. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the loss site and identify ways to deal with the trouble and if possible, minimize the costs. For example, where possible we can clean and dry wooden floors using specialized techniques eliminating the need for replacement. Our advanced equipment, like the injecti-dry system coupled with drying mats, can salvage many hardwood floors.

Stagnation Amplifies Costs
Floodwater sitting in a property over extended periods creates various problems including bad odor, microbial growth, and deterioration of building materials, including structural supports. All these problems add to the cost of restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians take action to minimize the period of exposure for the structure and contents. When water outside the structure recedes faster, we can extract any floodwater remnants inside the house to minimize problems from stagnation. We also perform pack-outs to save contents when we cannot remove water.

Dealing with flood damage can be a costly affair. Call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher to help you figure out whether there are ways to limit cost. You can reach us any time at (708) 672-0077. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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Are You a Park Forest Homeowner with a Lingering Smoke Odor Problem? Call SERVPRO for Fast Results!

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Stands Ready for Park Forest Fire Loss Cleanup and Restoration, "Like it never even happened."

Eliminate Tough Smoke Odors in Damaged Park Forest Homes 

As a leading restoration team in the Greater Chicago area, our professionals are trusted with recovering Park Forest homes and businesses contending with fire damages. We know how challenging restoration of these disasters can become, especially when property owners delay work starting. Smoke odors are particularly challenging because deodorization involves a more scientific and intricate approach than masking present scents with stronger ones.

Eliminating these smoke odors are a priority of our crew addressing fire damage in Park Forest homes. The SERVPRO Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) we deploy arrive with multiple machines dedicated explicitly to eliminating odor molecules and returning your property to preloss condition. Much like our diverse offerings for addressing these odor issues, rarely is one machine or approach universally successful.
 
A popular selection for addressing widespread fire effects in your home is the ozone machine. Much like the chamber we have in our facility that can work to remove smoke and charring odors from items, furniture, and fabrics, this is a portable unit that can address broad square footage of your property. The drawback to this approach is that the ozone produced by these machines is harmful, or even fatal, to humans and pets. If these units get employed in the house, there is a period where the structure must air out before our SERVPRO team can resume restoration and recovery efforts. This only takes several hours. Ozone, the O3 molecule can also degrade rubber and vinyl materials so it must be used with caution.
 
Another popular choice used by both our restoration technicians and rented by homeowners seeking to deodorize their property on their own is the hydroxyl generator. This device produces a cleansing spectrum of ultraviolet, which can disintegrate odor molecules. Ultraviolet cleaning, unlike ozone, is not unsafe for our technicians and others to be around. We can employ this unit along with addressing other aspects of mitigation and recovery. The positive effects of reduced to zero odors do take a longer time.
 
Foggers present the most portable solution for our restoration technicians on site. These machines produce a dense chemical fog that bonds with harsh lingering odors and neutralizes these molecules. This approach is ideal for soft materials like clothing, carpets, upholstery, and open areas of the house. Heated fogging can also penetrate and mimic the path of fires to the smallest nooks and crannies.
 
While many of these items can get rented through home improvement locations, the cost of rentals along with the time spent in using these units often exceeds the amounts of time and money you were attempting to avoid. For guaranteed results, call the number in the last paragraph.

Our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team can show you that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Give us a call anytime at (708) 672-0077.

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Removing Water Effectively from a Chicago Heights Home

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

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We Have the Equipment Needed to Remove Water Damage

Standing water and its effects can be a challenging obstacle to overcome, even for those savvy with restoration approaches for their Chicago Heights property. Knowing your limitation can help you see the benefit of professional mitigation and restoration technicians. Our team has accreditations from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC) in every facet of water loss recovery. Extraction ultimately comes down to the equipment used, and you can expect that through the securing of professional technicians like ours. Your property gets the industry-leading equipment to help projects complete on time and within budgetary confinements. 

Water removal for Chicago Heights properties involves carefully formulated strategies specific to your residence and its needs. Our SERVPRO team arrives with a full roster of water restoration specialists. They walk through the house and begin establishing a plan of attack to restore the current damage and prevent other secondary effects from taking root as well. This strategy determines the best equipment to use to begin pulling standing water from the floors. 

While many can consider extraction as a straightforward process, there are many choices to get made. Our IICRC professionals, for example, have a full array of water removal tools ranging from lightweight, portable electric options to mounted pumps on extractor trucks that rival any removal tool on the market. Determining where tools get used and which are necessary depends on the severity, location, and accessibility of the pooling.

Among the most popular options for residential application is the portable sump pump. These are lightweight and highly mobile, allowing them to move wherever the problem exists. With discharge hoses, they can operate continually without the need for emptying tanks and reservoirs as we have to with the other mobile option of wet-vacs with extraction wands. 

No matter what machine or tool is necessary to recover the damage to your property, our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team has it. We have fully stocked trailers with our inventory of mitigation equipment to make any water loss incident “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (708) 672-0077.

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Don’t Wait To Call For Help After A Flood In Your Chicago Heights Manufacturing Plant!

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Call (708) 672-0077 to consult about an ERP or request emergency restoration services.

Waste No Time Resolving Flood Damage At Your Chicago Heights Manufacturing Plant

When a large manufacturer in Chicago Heights experiences flooding the consequences are widespread. Deadlines can be missed, and employees sent home if machinery must remain idle as the water event’s implications sort out. Time, money, and reputations are all on the line. You need a flood mitigation and remediation company that can take charge and turns the tide immediately.

Commercial flood damage in Chicago Heights can require a scale of response larger than typical jobs. Our elite team of flood mitigations and remediation managers and technicians are prepared to respond to disasters and provide fast and efficient recovery strategies on jobs of any size.

As a member of SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, we can access additional support from neighboring restoration professionals just as we assist them when they have a need. Our team is proficient in industry best practices as taught in the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses. Our equipment is commercial grade and state-of-the-art, capable of mitigating further spread of flood damage in any size commercial setting.

We also can contain and remove any quantity or category of floodwaters. Our management works with local officials to ensure disposal of possibly contaminated fluid completes in a timely and lawful manner. Once the bulk of the floodwater evacuates, our crews move on to designing and implementing an effective and efficient drying configuration. The risk of progressive structural deterioration and secondary damage such as mold damage remains high until moisture levels return to normal.

We invite local businesses to develop a proactive and individualized Emergency Ready Plans and Profile (ERP) in collaboration with our SERVPRO management. We assess your site, learn about your operations, and encourage you to fill in missing details with our mobile app. The Plan and Profile comprise a single, detailed digital document that provides the foundation for focused restoration efforts following flood damage or another disaster.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher has many resources available for commercial customers. Call (708) 672-0077 to consult about an ERP or request emergency restoration services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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How Professionals Clean Fire Damaged Homes in Park Forest

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the training and equipment to restore your fire damaged home.

Using Cleanup Services After Fire Damage in Your Park Forest Residence is Critical

Fires are devastating events for homeowners since they have to cope with the loss of invaluable possessions. The financial setback can take an emotional and psychological toll on anyone. After a fire, it is vital to file an insurance claim quickly. Your insurance company may require certain information before the restoration process begins.

Before a fire restoration company arrives, it is helpful to have insurance information like your policy number, claim number, the insurance carrier, agent, and the contact information of your adjuster. Fire damage in your Park Forest residence can lead to corrosion if you do not deal with it speedily, limiting the success rate of restoration. Decontamination should take priority to maintain the potential of restoring items instead of replacing them. More destruction increases fire restoration expenses and can slow down the claims process.

Smoke and soot can cause additional issues within a few days, including permanently staining upholstery, metal rusting or corroding, and causing walls to turn yellow. Our priority at SERVPRO is assisting our customers in getting their lives back to normal as soon as possible. We, therefore, take quick action to restore homes to their pre-fire damage condition.

Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT) can assess your house to determine the extent of the destruction to its structure and contents. This step allows us to gauge the route to take to restore a property. For instance, if there’s a water leak, we can identify the source and deal with it before we start fire decontamination. Our technicians can start the fire damage repair process with cleaning up dust, soot, and smoke. We can use various methods to achieve this, including dry cleaning, air scrubbing, and pressure washing. Our technicians also remove ruined furnishings.  We also clean up the restorable and dispose of ruined items.

We use various methods to remove smoke and soot residues from surfaces. Some cleaning actions we can use to eliminate soils from a structure include:

  • Chemical action
  • Mechanical action
  • Lubrication
  • Suspension and dispersion

Our SERVPRO crews also use specialized equipment like wall cleaners to eradicate soot and oily residue.  Vacuums with HEPA filters capture debris and sodium bicarbonate blasters to eradicate surface charring.

When you need fire damage cleanup services, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher can be there to help you get your life back to normal. Contact us today at (708) 672-0077 to benefit from our fire restoration solutions. We can make the destruction seem “Like it never even happened.”

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We Can Help When Mold Has Taken Over Your Park Forest Bookstore

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

A mold outbreak with a spreading, threatening organism in your bookstore, presents a risk not only to your building but to your customers as well.

Advantages Of Mold Containment For Park Forest Bookstore

A mold outbreak with a spreading, threatening organism in your Park Forest bookstore, presents a risk not only to your building but to your customers as well. As much as you might want to trust the information you can find for DIY mold removal on the internet, there are multiple considerations for this approach that impact your bookstore and its ability to continue operating amid recovery and remediation.

Though multiple threats exist with thriving microbial growth in your bookstore, mold damage in your Park Forest business can also be damaging to your bottom line. Our SERVPRO professionals have extensive training developed and implemented by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), helping us to quickly identify the severity of the situation and the right steps to remediate the condition entirely.

As you might expect, containment is one of the priorities of our SERVPRO professionals arriving at the mold-damaged bookstore. Setting up these barriers with both physical plastic sheeting and zipper locks, along with running filtering equipment like negative air machines, prevents active mold spores from further infiltrating the stock of the store and compromising your investment in your inventory. Our contents department must work quickly to get all of these published works out of the damaged areas and work to recover them if possible.

Even with a broader damaged area, our specialists can often seal the affected regions to allow your business to continue operations at a limited capacity. This plan might require a restocking or reorganization of other areas to get your books back out and displayed in a manner that people can find and purchase them. Once remediation work completes, our contents department can help to put the relocated stock back to its original position.

Mold can often get underappreciated as a threat to a business, but with a breeding ground for this condition – like a bookstore – you need a fast response at the first sign of trouble. Give our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team a call if you suspect growth might exist at (708) 672-0077.

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Fire Damage and Board Up in Beecher

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

A fire is one of the most devastating disasters that a family or business can experience. Often times with flood or water damage, it’s only a portion of the structure that is affected by the damage. With fire, smoke, or soot damage it more than likely affects a greater percentage, of not all of the structure. 

When a fire strikes your business or residence, you need to strike back! That is where SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete - Beecher can help. Whether it’s boarding up and securing the structure after the event or cleaning and restoring your contents and structure, we can do it all. 

Our IICRC trained technicians will assist you through every step of the process. Friendly, helpful, courteous, and knowledgeable, we will attend to your needs. 

Don’t trust anyone with you mitigation and restoration needs, you want the best. 

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Lightning Hazards

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning Hazards

Although lightning is seemingly random, there are some things you can do to minimize if you are caught in the open during a thunderstorm.

IF OUTDOORS:

Avoid water, high places such as lifeguard towers, cliffs, dunes and open spaces 

Avoid all metal objects, including electric wires, fences, machinery, motors, power tools, flag poles etc. these objects mayretain water and more easily conduct an electric current.

 Avoid contact with two separate objects. Your body may serve as a conduit if the objects are struck by lightning. 

Unsafe places include underneath canopies, small picnic or rain shelters, or near trees.  Where possible, find shelter in a substantial building or in a fully enclosed metal vehicle, such as a car, truck or van.

Avoid proximity minimum of 15 feet to other people. This will allow the current to go to ground more easily and making it less likely for multiple people to be injured.

 Avoid being the tallest object. Seek ditches, trenches or the low ground. 

Get as low as you can, but don’t lie prone to the ground. Instead, kneel with your hands on the ground in your head low.

 Avoid being near fences, light poles and powerlines that lead into areas where lightning is occurring. And electrical charge and travel along the wires and jump to you or cause an injury if you touch live wires or an energized fence. 

 You do not have to be directly hit by lightning to be affected. Lightning can travel along the ground from a nearby strike to you. You can also jump from nearby objects that are struck. 

 Don’t plug or unplug anything electrical during a storm. 

 Don’t use corded telephones. Phone use is the number one cause of indoor lightning injuries in the United States. 

 If a person is struck by lightning, call 911 and care for the victim immediately. You cannot be harmed by touching the victim after they have been struck. 

SWIMMING POOLS:

Swimming pools, indoor and outdoors, are connected to a much larger surface area with underground pipes, gas lines, electric and telephone wiring. Lightning strikes to the ground anywhere on this metallic that work making shocks elsewhere.

 At the first sign of lightning or thunder, swimming pools and beaches should be evacuated. Seek shelter inside the main building, or in a fully enclosed vehicle with the windows rolled up .

 Get out and off the water if there are signs of lightning. 

IF INDOORS:

 Large, enclosed buildings tend to be safer than small gazebos or open eating areas. 

Stay away from doors and windows. 

Do not use the telephone.

 Turn off, unplug, and stay away from appliances, computers, power tools, and TV sets. 

Avoid use of showers or other contact with water. Because water may travel through and on pipes and tubing, lightning may strike exterior electric and phone lines, including shocks to inside equipment.

Fully enclosed metal vehicles such as cars, trucks and vans with windows rolled up to provide good shelter.

Park Forest Property Owners Can Always Ask SERVPRO for Help with Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire, Soot, Ashe, and Smoke Damage in Your Forest Park Home? Overwhelming? Call SERVPRO for Restoration Service

DIY Smoke Damage Wall and Surface Cleanup in Park Forest Homes

It is crucial to clean any area of your home that has fire damage as soon as possible. Both soot and smoke are acidic and often prove difficult to clean. Airborne soot particles are harmful to breathe and should be professionally cleaned to ensure a healthy living environment. For minor smoke damage, these tips should make it easy to clean up.

The items needed to clean fire damage in your Park Forest home are probably already there with one exception, a dry-cleaning sponge. This sponge cleans surfaces without getting them wet and wipes away particulate matter. Other items you need are as follows:

Rubbing alcohol
White Vinegar
Degreasing cleaner
Bucket with hot water
Cleaning Cloths
Dry-cleaning sponge
Kitchen sponges
Respirator
Gloves
Eye protection
Disposable shoe covers

Before you begin cleaning walls damaged by fire, there are a few things you need to do. First, turn off your HVAC system, so soot does not spread and open up the windows and doors to ventilate the room, but only if there is no risk of circulating ashes or soot to clean areas of the home. Always consider calling in SERVPRO for fire damage restoration services.

Ensure that you wear clothing that covers your arms and legs. You need to wear a respirator, eye protection, and gloves as soot is unhealthy to breathe and can irritate the skin. If you leave the area you are cleaning to go to another area of the home, change your shoe covers to avoid tracking soot around the property.

If there is debris that requires removal or a lot of surfaces to clean, it is a smart move to bring in professional assistance to clean up your home. Improper cleaning of residues from a fire can stain walls and cause more damage to other surfaces. SERVPRO uses pre-testing to minimize potential added staining and marring to porous surfaces.

When you begin cleaning, use the dry-cleaning sponge first to wipe away as much soot and smoke residue as you can from surfaces. Avoid wetting soot as it has the potential to smear and spread, staining affected surfaces further.  

One of the best dry-cleaning sponge techniques to use is to turn the sponge as you use it for a few strokes; this ensures you continue picking up soot instead of spreading it. Once all sides of the dry-cleaning sponge show soot, use a utility knife to slice away the sides to clean away the used portions and have virtually a clean sponge ready to work again. Use gentle wiping motions and never scrub walls or surfaces.

After you finish wiping surfaces with the dry-cleaning sponge, you can move on to regular sponges and liquid cleaners. There are specific commercial formulas for cleaning soot; however, vinegar, paint thinner, and degreasing solutions work in their place. It is vital to clean every surface in the room, even if it appears clean and untouched by smoke.

Rinse your cleaning cloth in a bucket of hot water as you wipe up residue from the fire and change the water out in the bucket when it is dark or smells like smoke. Then upon completion, wipe surfaces again with a clean cloth and clean water to remove any residue from cleaning products. Chances are great you may have to prime or recoat some walls or a ceiling with fresh paint.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher knows fire damage can feel overwhelming to deal with. Our qualified team is available 24/7 by calling (708) 672-0077 to mitigate fire loss in your home. We try to make it "Like it never even happened."

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Chicago Heights Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Assessments and Remediation

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Maybe Mold in Your Chicago Heights Property? Call SERVPRO to Set Up Air Sampling for a Lab, then Remediation If Needed.

Environmental Testing for Mold Damage in Your Chicago Heights Area Residence or Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How Water Damage Affects Inventory in Chicago Heights Warehouses

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Has your warehouse experienced a water loss event? Call SERVPRO Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher to dry your inventory quickly.

Commercial Water Removal Methods Protect Warehoused Investments throughout Chicago Heights 

Clogged drains, leaky roofs, or broken water lines to drinking fountains in your factory can affect inventory stored in both open and recessed areas. Increased humidity happens quickly and spreads everywhere in its attempt to reach equilibrium. Customers in Chicago Heights and elsewhere want products in mint condition, without marring or other defects.

Because elevated levels of water vapor in the air can cause defects at any point in the manufacturing process or during storage before shipping or pickup, SERVPRO provides business owners in Chicago Heights with the latest in commercial water removal services. We arrive ready to help you shut the flow of water off, including locating the source in those situations where it remains hidden. Once completed, we begin with the removal of the water wherever we find it on your floors.

Removing water from horizontal surfaces discloses the location of many hidden spots where water remains left inside walls and other enclosed areas. When water slowly seeps out of hollow wall spaces, it collects alongside the joint between wall and floor. We prefer to help drainage happen faster by drilling a few weep holes.

While we have the baseboards removed, we also drill a hole large enough for the flexible tubing of our Injectidry system. We use this machine to force dry air into enclosed spaces because our air movers alone cannot reach into these areas as effectively as needed. We measure the moisture in the air as it exits, letting us determine when the interior reaches dry conditions.

We also use moisture meters to determine the moisture content of other materials, obtaining a baseline percentage at the onset of our work so we can compare the progress later. We must remove water from both absorbent elements and also the air to ensure your facility no longer harbors dampness.

Infrared technology in the form of cameras gives us on-the-spot visuals of trapped water, providing accuracy when we need it most. To restore your warehouse, “Like it never even happened,” we need to remove every trace of lost water. With these cameras, we quickly uncover these areas and work on drying the structure and contents. Enclosed areas used to store inventory can also trap moisture, but our equipment quickly decreases water vapor to safe levels.

Able to effectively partner with you, SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher can get the environment inside your factory or warehouse stabilized and safe for both your employees and your products. Contact us at (708) 672-0077 for water removal services that protect and restore businesses in the Monee, Glenwood, and Peotone communities.

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Chicago Heights Water Loss? SERVPRO Mitigates the Damage--Contact Us Fast!

5/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Chicago Heights Area with Rapid Water Emergency Cleanup and Restoration

How Water Removal Can Prevent Permanent Damages in Chicago Heights

In water restoration, we deal with both long-term issues that affect your property as well as shorter-term problems. A short term problem can be caused by an unforeseen event that results in large quantities of water pooling in your property. One example could be a leaking pipe or perhaps structural issues such as an attic or roofing leak that is exacerbated by heavy rainfall. Short term issues are time-sensitive, which is why quickly responding can help prevent permanent damages.

We run a local restoration service to help with water removal in Chicago Heights. The type of emergency you are experiencing is influential in our remediation procedure. There are two categories of water issues. The first is clean water emergencies, which are defined by large quantities of drinking or washing water entering the home. The second issue is more severe and involves a contaminated water supply, which may require removal and replacement of possessions or infrastructure.

Your SERVPRO technician can identify both types of water emergency and respond accordingly. In a clean water emergency, the majority, if not all, of items can be salvaged through proper drying of the affected area. Frequently, unpleasant odors dissipate once the property is dry. To gain this state, we can use pumping equipment as well as dehumidifiers and rapid air-movers.

Where the excess water is deemed to be contaminated, we must adopt a more rigorous approach, at times relying on replacement rather than restoration. Contaminated water--Black Water--could contain animal carcasses, pathogens, or raw sewage and represents a significant health risk. A SERVPRO technician must remove and dispose of porous materials like carpets, subfloor pads, and even sections of drywall to ensure your home is sanitary and safe. We may also need to quarantine the area and only enter with the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Time is the crucial factor in either type of water restoration. Since water bonds with particles it comes into contact with, a clean water spill can become increasingly severe if it is not dealt with swiftly. As a local service, we offer a twenty-four-hour emergency contact number when you need assistance.

Act fast to prevent permanent property damages, contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077.

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How to Remove Water When There is No Electricity in Your Park Forest Home

5/23/2019 (Permalink)

Water and electricity don't mix! Water loss incidents can pose a safety hazard.

Temporary Power Solutions for Water-Damaged Park Forest Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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May is National Electrical Safety Month

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

May is National Electrical Safety Month

Electricity drives the modern world and we often take it for granted. And if a natural disaster occurs, there’s a few things to remember to stay electrically safe during the storm.

Before the storm hits, make sure to charge all phones and other communication devices.  Then, unplug all electronics, and move them as high as possible to avoid water damage from flooding.

Turn of the main power breaker feeding the home to prevent any surges to the wiring and equipment.

After the storm blows through, and you begin to evaluate the aftermath, it’s important to avoid flooded areas as they may be electrified.

Do not use any electrical equipment or electronics if they’ve been submerged.

If flooding has occurred, have the electrical system inspected by a qualified electrical inspector. 

If you’re using a qualified generator, ensure a qualified electrician installed it and make sure to use a listed and approved transfer switch and GFCI protection.

It’s a good idea to protect your home with carbon monoxide detectors.

When venturing outside, be very alert of your surroundings. If you encounter a fallen power line, stay at least 35 feet away. Avoid touching any objects the line may be laying on such as a fence, a car, or a light pole as the object could be energized.

If others are around, alert them to stay away and call 911.

While storms can be devastating to a community, the aftermath can be challenging.  However, could be an opportunity to renovate and upgrade your main power source with renewable energy such as solar.

Floodwaters and heavy winds aren’t the only hazards during a storm.  That’s why it’s important to treat electricity with extreme caution.  

Downed power lines can be deadly. ALWAYS assume a downed power line is live and avoid going near it or anything in contact with it.

Use Precaution

  • Downed power lines can energize the ground up to 35 feet away. Even more in wet conditions.
  • Never drive over downed power lines or through water that is in contact with them
  • Never try to move a downed power line. Even using items that typically are not conductive will not prevent injury or death
  • If you see a downed line call 911

If a vehicle contacts a power line or utility pole stay away and call 911

  • Consider all lines to be live and dangerous
  • Stay in place or inside your vehicle unless you see fire or smoke
  • Warn others to stay at least 35 feet away
  • Tell others not to approach vehicle, downed lines, or anything that may be in contact with downed lines
  • Call 911

In the Event of Fire or Smoke

  • Do not touch the ground and vehicle at the same time
  • Jump from vehicle with your feet together
  • Shuffle away, avoid lifting your feet

Fire Damage Remediation in Park Forest: This is What Professionals Do

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage affects your entire home. Its remnants can get into the smallest of places. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

How SERVPRO Fights Fire Odor Combined with Fire Damage in Park Forest Home

The majority of fire damage mitigations are not for full house losses. In many cases, it is a portion of a room that was affected. Which can lead to a mistake many homeowners make, when they self-clean the remnants of the fire and think the odor is something they have to just live with.

When SERVPRO handles fire damage in a Park Forest home, we address all levels of fire damage, the visible charred contents, smoke residues and the invisible components odors from soot that cannot be seen but make their presence known until professionally mitigated.

Containment around the damaged area prevents any further spread of residues or odor. Our technicians remove damaged building materials off premises as they add to the odor problem. If there is water or excess moisture from extinguishing the fire, extraction happens as quickly as possible, so the process of drying the structure with our air movers to pull moisture from walls, floors and contents.

Ventilation is a crucial factor in the remediation of fire loss and eliminating odor. SERVPRO technicians run ventilation equipment during cleanup from a fire loss. We have equipment such as negative air machine which is beneficial for capturing odor-causing microscopic particulates and removing them from the area a vacuum-effect.

The removal of smoke and soot remains a keystone in avoiding lingering odors. Once the room has dried, our technicians wipe down all surfaces using cleaning methods applicable to the type of residues left by the fire. For example, synthetic materials such as plastic housings of electronics or rubber covers over cords tend to leave greasy films that require a wet sponge technique to clean with our professional-grade cleaning formulas.

If any odors remain after the application of other treatments, our certified odor control technicians have additional methods to eliminate odors in both building materials and contents at the molecular level, so we leave the home in its preloss condition. 

Contact SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher at (708) 672-0077 when you need assistance with fire damage. Our technicians have the training, equipment and experience to make your fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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When Man's Best Friend Creates Water Damage in Park Forest

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Pets- they are cute and cuddly and can create water damage in your home. Call SERVPRO to restore the water damage in your home today!

The Dog Did It - SERVPRO Helps with Water Damage in Park Forest Home

Water damage can occur in a lot of unexpected ways. You can check your supply lines and pipes regularly to make sure they are in working order — however, unpredictable factors like pets and human error that can create unplanned situations.

SERVPRO received an urgent call to clean up water damage in a Park Forest home. The homeowner arrived home for lunch as he did every day, and stepped in the water when he took his first step into his home. He kept the downstairs bathroom door shut because his dog had a habit of jumping in and out of the tub to amuse herself. The dog got the door open and in playing her game at the bathtub, accidentally turned on the faucet, with the drain closed. The homeowner estimated water had been running at least three to four hours before he shut it off.

SERVPRO technicians arrived quickly after the initial phone call and immediately began using portable pumps to extract the water while another technician determined precisely where and to what extent the home was affected by moisture.

Luckily the water had followed a path on tile flooring, and only the very edges of a carpeted room were affected, and after the initial removal, we squeegeed the floor to ensure as much water was pulled up as possible. Technicians used weighted extractors to push the water that had seeped into the padding for faster drying.

In a water spill such as this, we carefully examine the subflooring with moisture detectors to determine if there it is retaining any moisture. Fortunately for this homeowner, we found none.

SERVPRO technicians spend extra time on water extraction because the more water we remove, the faster the drying phase goes. The technicians set up air mover and dehumidifiers to expel the remainder of the water vapor left and then followed up with a thorough cleaning and disinfecting. The homeowner was pleased and to avoid this in the future stated he was looking into doggie daycare or childproof locks to keep his dog out of the room when he was not home.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher knows fast action on water damage is crucial that is why "We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster"-Call us 24/7 at (708) 672-0077 when you need quick assistance with your water loss situation.

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Time Is Running Out! Think About These Ways to Change Your Flood Damage Situation in Chicago Heights

4/21/2019 (Permalink)

Timing is critical when flooding and associated flood damage affects your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal services.

SERVPRO - Restoring Homes After Flood Damage In Chicago Heights Neighborhoods

After flooding in a Chicago Heights home, there are several actions needed to reduce or eliminate the long-term effects the water can have on the structure. These include water removal, cleaning surfaces covered or touched by the contaminated water, and quick drying the interior of the home.

SERVPRO technicians train and work swiftly to ameliorate these effects of flood damage in Chicago Heights homes. We have an extensive inventory of tools and cleaners to return each area residence to a dry, safe condition for occupation once more.

Since flooding is water from outside the home, it contains soil and other contaminants. In these situations, our teams begin by spraying the water and nearby surfaces with an anti-bacterial chemical agent. This action eliminates the immediate health threat, so our technicians can begin removing the water from the home.

SERVPRO team members begin with a commercial-grade pump to drain water from the home. They direct all floodwater from home directly into the closest sewer access point. If the system is still overwhelmed by the flood, our personnel pump everything directly into a tank truck for delivery to a wastewater treatment plant.

After removing the water, specialists then spray all exposed surfaces; floors, walls, and floor trim for example, with the anti-bacterial agent. If the property is not restorable, they dispose of it according to state and federal EPA regulations.

If the structural property is restorable, we start with cleaning. Using drywall as an example, technicians carefully spray and wipe down the walls. We are careful with our actions since drywall can become very delicate if it absorbs too much water. After removing visible dirt and other contaminants, team members dry the sections using an air mover device that generates warm air. They carefully adjust the temperature and direction of the airflow to dry the affected sections before the water can cause them to crack or split.

At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher, our goal is to help each homeowner back into their residence as soon as we can return it into a safe, dry place to live again. If you have had even just a little flood water get into your home, call us today at (708) 672-0077. We are here for you.

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Have an ESCAPE PLAN!

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Have an ESCAPE PLAN!

Plan Ahead!

If a fire breaks out in your home you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.

SAFETY TIPS

1.  Make a Home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.

2. No at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.

3. Have an outside meeting place like a tree, light pole, or mailbox. Make sure it is a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.

4. Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home at least twice a year.

5. Practice using different ways out.

6. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

7.  Close doors behind you as you leave. 

IF THE ALARM SOUNDS...

1. If the smoke alarm sounds get out and stay out! Never go back inside for people or pets.

2. If you have to escape through spoke, get low and go under the smoke to your way out.

3. Call the fire department from outside your home.

FACTS

! A closed door may show with the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms inside every sleeping room and outside each sleeps area.  Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.

! According to an NFPA survey, Only one of three American households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

! While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of those have practiced it.

! 1/3 of American households call made an estimate thought they would have at least six minutes before a fire in their own home would become life-threatening. The time available is often less. And only 8% set their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out.

Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Flood Damage Restoration In Chicago Heights

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24/7 and can restore the devastated damage in your business after a storm has hit.

When Flooding Threatens to Cancel Your Wedding in Chicago Heights

If you are a wedding planner in Chicago Heights you may worry about flowers, the weather and a caterer; but you may never think that your venue will flood a few days before the ceremony. Prior to informing the bride about the flood damage, you may want to work with the owner of the venue to contact a professional team that can quickly restore the room. Having access to a group of experts can make all the difference to the happy couple and to your business.

In Chicago Heights, SERVPRO is the best team to handle commercial flood damage. First and foremost, we are available 24/7 through our rapid response team, so a call to us is a call to immediate action. Upon arrival, we make sure the source of water has been controlled and rapidly assess the extent of the damage so you can make any necessary accommodations to your work plan leading up to the wedding. Even if it seems like the water level is overwhelming, there is still a chance that our truck-mounted or submersible pumps may be able to get the job done in time for the event.

Part of our training involves knowing how to optimize our equipment to achieve the best results. By applying the principles of hygrometry and using air movers, dehumidifiers and heaters we can speed up the drying process. Our SERVPRO team can even infuse warm air directly into your walls to make water evaporate even faster after flood damage.

If area rugs and upholstered furniture is at risk, our SERVPRO crew moves it to a safe area until the room is ready. For those pieces that need to be discarded we take charge of disposing of them according to local health and business regulations, so you do not need to worry about this either. As we finish the job by scrubbing the air to remove any lingering odors, you will find yourself ready to have vendors move in to start the set-up.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher supports your business in your time of need. Just call us at (708) 672-0077 so we can all pretend “Like it never even happened.”

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Document Preservation, Restoration, Conservation, and Recovery

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Wet documents

There is nothing more deflating than looking at a stack of wet documents or books that you absolutely cannot get rid of and wonder "What am I going to do with all of this?!" 

That is where the SERVPRO Team can help! Trained and certified in document drying and restoration, we can help stop the damage from getting worse and get them back to being functional again. Nothing can undo the damage already done to them but we can get the pages separated, cleaned, deodorized, sanitized (if required), re-jacketed, digitized, or even destroyed if need. 

Our technicians are HIPPA- Master Certified as well as our facility is HIPPA compliant and under 24 hour surveillance. We can handle your medical, legal, educational, and even historical documents without the worry of if they will be handled correctly. 

By acting quickly and contacting us, we can get a freezer truck dispatched to anywhere in the country needed. Our technicians will take it from there.  

                  !!!!! Call us today !!!!!

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Let Us Help You Get Back To Business After Water Damage In Park Forest

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Our signature green trucks carry equipment that can handle any water damage job big or small. Call us 24/7 for all your restoration needs.

Restore the Sweetness to Your Park Forest Candy Store with SERVPRO’s Water Damage Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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If Your Chicago Heights Home Experiences A Flood Damage Emergency, Our Crew Can Help!

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Let the experts at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher restore your home, its contents, and your peace of mind after flood damage.

A Professional Pack-Out Protects Your Possessions After Flood Damage In Chicago Heights

Flooding brings overwhelming devastation to your Chicago Heights home. Whether from internal plumbing or appliance failure or after an intense storm or overland spilling of waters from overburdened waterways, the damage can be extensive. The structural components of your home are at risk, as well as the furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions. Our full-service restoration company has skilled technicians and innovative equipment to respond to all flooding challenges.

Often it becomes evident that flood damage remediation inside your Chicago Heights house needs a pack-out of damaged contents to simplify water removal and structural drying. Moving furniture and other articles to our production facility also allow our specially-trained technicians to use a broad range of strategies to clean, dry, and restore the items.

SERVPRO uses our carefully designed Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) to ensure an accurate inventory of the property packed-out. We maintain a room by room accounting of the items removed, using digital photos, lists, and barcoding. As we evaluate each article, we document its condition, prepare it for restoration or disposal, and report the outcome. This methodical system allows us to keep you and your insurance company apprised for claims purposes.

Unique techniques like freeze-drying and the use of thermal chambers dry out and restore records, pictures, electronics, and other personal possessions you probably feared were headed to the landfill. At SERVPRO we always stress restoration over replacement, understanding that the loss of a lifetime of memories is to be avoided if at all possible.

Special equipment like our Esporta Washing System transforms soiled and sodden articles from ruined to refreshed and restored to function. Treasured toys, clothing, and other soft items need not be abandoned as destroyed when SERVPRO’s IICRC trained technicians operate this innovative technology.

Once the SERVPRO team completes the flood damage remediation in your home, we are eager to return the items we restored. The CCIS protocols assist us in putting everything recovered back in place. Clean, dry, and odor-free, both your house and the collection of little things that make it a home are back to pre-flood condition.

Let the experts at SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher restore your home, its contents, and your peace of mind after flood damage. Day or night, year-round, call us at (708) 672-0077 to schedule an assessment.

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SERVPRO Out In The Community

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Marketing representative Angela Kuelper with future SERVPRO employee, her son Vincent.

This past weekend SERVPRO of Chicago Heights- Crete- Beecher had the chance to take part in an event for area fire fighters and police!  Peotone Fire Department held their 7th annual Fire & Police Swap Meet at the Will County Fair Gounds in Peotone.  This swap meet has been a great success over the years attracting people from as far away as California!  We were very proud to be able to support such a great event and our local Police and Fire departments.  SERVPRO of Chicago Heights- Crete- Beecher marketing representative Angela Kuelper was onsite to answer questions and get to know more about the community that we serve.  

“I meet people from St. Luis, Chicago, Pennsylvania and California while at the event.  It was so nice to see the turn out of both vendors and attendees.  The Peotone Fire Department did a great job putting on the event!  I was told by one person that the event just Kees growing ever year, a sure sign of success!” -Angela Kuelper

At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights- Crete- Beecher we love to do these local events.  Community involvement is one of the biggest things that sets us apart from out competitors.  

To see where we will be next or other past events visit us and like us on Facebook.  Also be sure to check back to the page for more news, tips, and events or call our friendly office staff at (708) 672-0077 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!  

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SERVPRO is Here to Help Businesses After A Flood!

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Let us help you and your business get back on its feet after flood damage strikes.

SERVPRO - Cleaning And Eliminating Commercial Flood Damage To Chicago Heights Businesses

Flooding around the Chicago Heights area is not a regular occurrence, but it happens enough that business owners need to prepare for it. Even if the water does reach higher than a few inches, the cleanup and restoration still need to begin rapidly.

In Chicago Heights businesses, commercial flood damage requires additional cleanup services due to the presence of outside soil and other contaminants. Most facilities require SERVPRO restoration teams to return the facility to a sanitary level, which is our standard, but if there is food (human or animal), pharmaceuticals, or certain types of equipment processed, packaged, or manufactured, then further actions are needed.

As stated, Sanitary is our standard for most businesses. Team members clean to this level for retail operations and manufacturing plants where they assemble electronic devices like TVs and sound equipment. Specialists start with removing the flood water and then spray every surface that was under water with an anti-bacterial cleaner.

Next, they wipe down everything with sponges to remove the dirt and residues from the cleaner. For the floors, they wash down the floors with clean water and then use squeegees to force the water, cleaning residues, and contaminants out of the building. These actions return it to a clean condition, safe for customers and employees.

For facilities where they process frozen dinners, SERVPRO specialists clean to a disinfected level. Here, team members ensure they remove 99 percent of the contamination left by the flood water. Restoration teams use only FDA approved anti-bacterial and other cleaners on every exposed surface in the facility and piece of machinery to ensure they achieve that percentage.

A business that manufactures pharmaceuticals and medical equipment requires cleaning to a Sterile level. To achieve a 100 percent elimination of contaminants, our specialists disinfect the facility multiple times. After each cleaning, one of our inspectors uses an FDA checklist to make certain all surfaces and equipment are safe again for use.


Restoring a business after a flood is not a simple or quick task. At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher, we work as quickly as possible to return each facility to a clean, safe condition. If you are dealing with the contaminating effects of a flood, contact us today at (708) 672-0077. We are here to help you reopen, no matter what you sell or service you provide to our community.

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50 Ways To Practice Fire Safety

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

50 Ways To Practice Fire Safety

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights - Crete- Beecher would like to share with you these 50 Ways To Practice Fire Safety 

50 Ways To Practice Fire Safety

  • Stay away from things that can burn you
  • Never play with matches or lighters
  • Ask your parents to install a smoke detector on every floor of your home
  • Learn the sound of smoke detectors
  • Help your parents test detectors monthly
  • Remind them to replace smoke detector batteries every six months
  • Check your home for fire hazards
  • Keep flammable materials away from heat sources
  • Check for frayed or worn electrical cords
  • Don’t overload extension cords or electrical outlets
  • Check that small appliances are unplugged after use
  • Put sturdy screens in front of fireplaces
  • Keep an eye on food while it’s cooking
  • Tell adults to turn pot handles inward when they cook
  • Keep towels and other clutter away from the stovetop
  • Use a microwave only when an adult is present
  • Never put anything metal in a microwave
  • Read directions on food packages before using the microwave
  • Never use water to put out an electrical or grease fire
  • Run cold water over a burn
  • Post emergency numbers by every phone
  • Tell your parents to keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen, garage and fireplace
  • Ask them to keep fire extinguishers fully charged
  • Remind your parents to remove dead trees and leaves from your yard
  • Tell them to build campfires away from trees
  • Post your home address clearly on your house or mailbox
  • Keep all exits clear
  • Close your bedroom door at night
  • Make a family fire escape plan
  • Learn at least two ways out of each room
  • Choose a family meeting place in case of fire
  • Learn how to report a fire
  • Practice your escape plan with your family at least twice a year
  • Don’t fear firefighters in gear
  • If you hear a smoke alarm or smell smoke, get outside quickly
  • Don’t stop to take anything
  • If there’s smoke, crawl low under it
  • Test doors with the back of your hand before opening them
  • If a door feels hot, use another exit
  • Crawl backwards down stairs if there’s smoke
  • Get out through a window only if it’s safe
  • If a window is unsafe to climb out of, wave something light-colored and yell for help
  • Never use an elevator in a fire - look for stairs
  • Don’t go back inside for any reason
  • If your clothes catch on fire, STOP, DROP AND ROLL
  • Once you are outside, stay out
  • Go to your family meeting place and wait for your family
  • Call the fire department when you are safely outside
  • Never call in a false alarm
  • BE FIRE SMART EVERY DAY!

Our Fast Response Will Restore Your Flood Damaged Chicago Heights Home To Pre-Damage Condition

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

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How A Speedy Response Changes The Outcome Of Flood Damage In Chicago Heights

Floods can affect property anywhere including areas outside earmarked flood zones. You have probably heard that carrying out an expedited restoration process is helpful, and it is true. Because you might not know the exact steps to take to restore your property, the best bet is to work with a professional restoration company.

One of the effects of flood damage in Chicago Heights is microbial growth. Microbes include bacteria, mold, and other pathogens. Floodwaters contain different microbes because they flow over broad areas. One unique aspect of microbes is growth; the longer they remain undisturbed. A speedy response that removes floodwaters helps curtail such growth saving the homeowner the hassle of extra effort sanitizing affected areas. Our SERVPRO technicians use high capacity pumps or truck-mounted water extractors to expedite the removal process.

Floodwaters affect materials in different ways. For example, wood and its derivatives, which can be found in floorboards and cabinets, rot or lose structural integrity when exposed to water over extended periods. Materials can also lose their utility value even if physically they remain unchanged like in the case of insulation, which loses R-value. Our SERVPRO technicians understand how moisture causes these problems, so we use various detection tools including moisture meters to check saturation levels in different materials and monitor the effectiveness of drying processes.

Sometimes it is not possible to remove water from the home immediately especially if all surrounding areas are swamped by water. However, it is possible to take actions that help save some of the items from extended exposure to water. Our SERVPRO technicians can move out items to higher floors in the house or an offsite warehouse. We also use heavy-duty plastic sheets to cover items to protect them from dripping water. By limiting the exposure period, it is possible to save more items.

For a quick solution when your property in Park Forest, Sauk Village or Steger area floods, call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher. You can reach us at (708) 672-0077 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Fire Departments Rely on SERVPRO's Esporta Washing System for Clean Turn-Out Gear

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Supports Our Local Fire FIghters in the Greater Chicago Area--We Even Decontaminate and Clean Their Break-=Out Gear

SERVPRO Supports Our Local Fire Fighters in the Greater Chicago Area

There are many ways that a local company or franchise can give back to the community. Whether to respond to a medical emergency or to a house fire, our regional Fire Departments are ready 24/7 to help, just as SERVPRO is also available 24/7/365 to assist our neighbors.

When a house fire breaks out in Chicago Heights, Park Forest or Beecher, the local Fire Department arrives swiftly to extinguish the flames and provide safety and comfort for the unfortunate residents. Documented studies have shown that two out of every three of these heroes will have a cancer diagnosis. They put themselves in jeopardy while saving lives and properties. They don personal protective equipment like helmets, boots, gloves, and turn-out gear that often becomes contaminated with combustible pollutants and substances.

So, how does SERVPRO provide a valuable service to our communities? We proudly support the Mabas Division 24, Mutual Aid Box Alarm System comprised of 21 Fire Departments in South Suburban Cook County, IL. We offer to clean and decontaminate the soiled break-out gear. This not only protects our First Responders from possible chemical and biological exposure but mitigates the degradation of the gear. In today's world, most communities have budgetary concerns that even affect their fire departments. Considering that 85% of the personnel are volunteers, we contribute to their well-being and safety as they do to ours. Since we are a full-service restoration company, we offer to our Emergency Responders discounted rates for any services we provide to their properties and contents.

The Esporta Wash System is installed in our SERVPRO facility where we can safely and quickly wash, decontaminate, and dry the break-out gear, including the helmets and boots. The NFPA, National Fire Protection Association, recognizes the power of this resource because it meets the stringent requirements for personal protection. Many insurance companies contract with us small and large-loss fire, water, and mold cleanups since our restoration rate of contents is about 90%. This is a win-win situation for all. Fewer expenses, faster results, and we even get to save our neighbor's daughter teddy bear.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher team members are your friends and neighbors. Contact us so that we can restore, and not replace, your valued possessions. (708) 747-9925

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Fire Threatens Your Crete Home

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let fire ruin your happy Crete home.

When fire and smoke damage threatens your happy Crete home, call the experts to restore it.  At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher we care about your home.  Many people think a small fire means little damage, however even the smallest of fires can cause damage to most of your home.  When fire fighters put out the fire in your home, water is used causing water damage as well.  Additionally, the smoke from a fire can ruin furniture, carpets, and walls if not properly cleaned.  At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher we pride ourselves in restoring your home and belongings.

There are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with fires.  

  • Having a fire extinguisher in your home can help stop small fires before the become large ones.
  • Never attempt to put out a grease fire with water... remember oil and water DON'T mix!
  • Having an evacuation plan in place can save valuable seconds in a fire, but remember that just having a plan is not enough... PRACTICE IT!
  • Check smoke detectors often and replace batteries!

All the precautions in the word are helpful, but when fire does happen... SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher will be here to help!  We will do everything that we can to make your happy home smile again making it "Like it never even happened."

We are available 24/7 for all of your fire emergency needs, from boarding up your home to restoring it.  For more information call our friendly office staff at (708) 672-0077.   

Park Forest Homeowners Listen as SERVPRO Talks About Mold Growth Conducive Conditions

2/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says a Leaky Window Frame Can Cause Mold Problems for Park Forest Property Owners

Some Causes of Winter Mold Damage in Park Forest

Cold, ice, and snow storms contribute in different ways in making your Park Forest home more susceptible to mold growth. A grasp of the ways mold gains a hold even in the dry cold of winter helps explain why you notice a musty, unpleasant scent or the staining and feathery or leathery-looking evidence of mold colonies.  Let us help you with a winter mold infestation.

Mold damage in Park Forest during any season is frustrating and often hard to manage without professional assistance. We train our crews to evaluate a mold scenario from the source of moisture to effective means of remediation with an open and curious mindset.

Winter mold breakouts can prove perplexing as the interior of our homes dry out while we use central heating, usually a deterrent to microbial growth. SERVPRO technicians look for sources of moisture the homeowner might overlook.

Common ways excessive moisture makes its way inside our homes include humidifiers and vaporizers intended to condition dry winter air. Mold spores are opportunistic and absorb any water, including water vapor emitting from one of these appliances. SERVPRO notes the humidity levels in the rooms affected by mold damage. If it edges past 60 percent, ambient humidity can fuel mold growth. Recommended levels are 30 to 50 percent humidity indoors to inhibit mold damage.

Ice and snow buildup on a roof also can lead to a perfect environment for mold growth. SERVPRO service calls for mold issues in the upper stories of a home during the winter always result in an inspection of outdoor gutters and downspouts and interior insulation and weather sealing. An ice dam, signaled by icicles, builds up when gutters clog with debris and its growth accelerates when the melt and freeze cycle continues because of inadequate insulation and heat leaks. If warm air leaks out the joints between the attic ceiling edges and the eaves and roofline any snow and ice in gutters melt and can invade into a home.

Molds can grow given moisture even if temperatures are low. SERVPRO often finds mold colonies moving from an attic down into living areas. Foundations with ice or snowpack can also admit moisture through cracks, encouraging mold growth in basements, walkouts, and other lower levels.

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher is ready to remediate winter mold issues relating to any causation. Give us a call at (708) 672-0077 to inspect and craft a mold abatement plan for your home.

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The Real Truth Behind Chicago Heights Water Damage Remediation

2/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen very quickly. Respond just as fast by contacting SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO Turns Around Kitchen Water Damage in Chicago Heights

The kitchen is a common place to experience water damage. Water lines to dishwashers, refrigerators, and of course the kitchen sink. An under-sink leak, especially if it is a slow leak that goes unnoticed for a while, can cause warping of wood and compromise the wall behind the cabinets. Just peeking at the plumbing under the sink on a regular basis can point out a small problem before it turns into a big issue.

SERVPRO technicians came to a water damaged home in Chicago Heights where a leak in a pipe under the kitchen sink had left water in the floor and bottom of the cabinets. The technicians determined the scope of the water was contained inside the kitchen area and had not spread to other areas of the home. Technicians vacuumed the standing water from the tile flooring using portable wet/dry units.

Once the standing water was removed, upon inspecting the interior of cabinets, the technicians determined while the wall at the back of the cabinets was not wet. However, the baseboards around the bottom of the cabinets were retaining moisture. SERVPRO techs removed the baseboards to ensure the wood underneath could be dried entirely to avoid potential secondary damage. No weep holes or other additional drying methods needed.

Positioning air movers to blow moisture up and out of the room, combined with dehumidifiers to rapidly lower the moisture in the room, the kitchen dried quickly. Using moisture detectors to ascertain the area was thoroughly dry, the next step in the restoration could begin. The baseboards were inspected to determine if any warping had occurred. Fortunately, they dried straight so they could be put back into place. The cabinets and flooring were wiped down with our professional-grade anti-bacterial and anti-fungal solutions to leave the surfaces both cleaned and deodorized.

Call SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher when you have water damage that needs addressing right now. Our emergency services are available to help you 24/7. Call (708) 672-0077 and one of our certified experts can start the process of returning your kitchen to normal.

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Frozen Pipes in Thornton

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes in Thornton

The extreme temperatures can cause frozen pipes.  When water freezes inside of pipes it expands and the pipe breaks causing damage that can be catastrophic to a home or business owner. Let SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher help you get it back to "Like it never even happened."

From residential to commercial, we are Ready To Any Size Disaster!  We can help you through the process of water damage from start to finish in a number of ways including:

Emergency 24/7/365 mitigation services,

Minimize additional property damages,

Use specialized test equipment to determine hidden water,

Review restoration vs. replacement,

Office staff that is highly trained in working with your insurance company,

Construction division to help rebuild what where to have to tear out,  

Use advanced drying techniques to monitor and ensure your property is properly dried!

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Thornton sustaining frozen and breaking pipes

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen pipes in Thornton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crete Homes Lose Power & Pipes Brake

1/30/2019 (Permalink)

Busted pipes can cause damage to your home very quickly.

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

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

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

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

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

Park Forest Property Owners Can Benefit from SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Service

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

When You Seer These Signs in Your Park Forest Home, Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

Understanding the Cost of Mold Remediation for Park Forest Homes

Battling moisture in your Park Forest basement or throughout the house is a common struggle within our service area. While these conditions can prove problematic enough for structural elements in your home, the situation becomes even more severe and pressing when it allows mold growth to occur. Mold in your home is destructive to structural elements, the contents of your property, and even those living there.

As much as homeowners work to provide their properties with the upkeep and servicing that it needs on their own, mold damage in Park Forest requires skilled professionals with the right tools to remove the colony quickly. The longer that the situation can continue, the more materials and areas of your home that it can ultimately affect. Professional remediation from our SERVPRO technicians can remove the organisms growing in your house, and restore damaged elements and materials to preloss condition.

Most of the time people think of professional restoration or remediation as being costly, and initially, it would seem that way. There are many incurred costs with restoring a property correctly, and that begins with the skilled technicians that we dispatch to damaged homes throughout our service area. We ensure that our entire team gets IICRC certified in various facets of restoration.

Also, we have industry-leading equipment designed to get the jobs done quickly. From mold removal equipment like sanders and soda blasting tools to HEPA filtered air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, our team arrives with the ability to make a difference for your property quickly. We offer an estimated amount a customer might pay for remediation, which would include our administration fees, remediation planning, reconstruction costs, and photos/documentation of the damage for insurance purposes. SERVPRO works closely with customers and their adjusters to maintain a budget throughout the remediation.

As tempting as DIY approaches might seem, they often only scratch the surface of the full problem. Let our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher make mold damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (708) 672-0077.

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Don't Let Water Cause Damage To Your Chicago Heights Thrift Store

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage might not initially seem like something serious, but the damage is often more widespread and hazardous than you might expect.

Restoring Your Chicago Heights Thrift Store After Water Damage

From the good nature of those living in the Chicago Heights area, your thrift store continues to see donations of wares and clothing throughout the year. With the steady flow of foot traffic you can expect on a daily basis, a simple and even minuscule water incident that occurs in the building could impede your ability to serve the community and conduct business as you might like. While your business likely has competent employees capable of mopping up messes, leaks and significant spills can often be more challenging to restore adequately than they initially appear.

While many might believe that water damage in your Chicago Heights store is little more than the visible pooling that you can see on the floor, this is rarely the case. Water can quickly penetrate seams and creases in the flooring material to affect subflooring and concrete below the surface. Our SERVPRO professionals have advanced technology to quickly dry out affected areas of your property and to work to identify further moisture pockets beyond what our eyes can see upon inspection.

From the moment that our team arrives and establishes the scope of the damage throughout the store, we work to remove any items and stock that you might have in the area that could become affected by moisture and dampness. Our SERVPRO technicians then can work to set up our drying equipment in specific points to maximize drying efforts. We determine these points using our thermal imagery cameras that detect the presence of moisture and can indicate where drying is most necessary.

We aim to save as much of the original materials within your facility as possible to limit the time that your doors have to stay closed to potential customers. We offer 24-hour support for emergencies to ensure that we can get to work on drying out water damage as efficiently as possible to protect your investment in the property.

Water damage might not initially seem like something serious, but the damage is often more widespread and hazardous than you might expect. Give our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher rapid response team a call whenever disaster strikes at (708) 672-0077.

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Frozen and Busted Pipes in Chicago Heights?

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes in Chicago Heights?

Have frozen and busted pipes affected your Chicago Heights area home or business? Will and Cook County is experiencing extreme cold weather like we haven't experienced, since the two Polar Vortexs 5 years ago. 

Temperatures are plummeting to dangerous levels, where even having exposed skin for a mere matter of minutes can be dangerous. 

Subzero temperatures like this will be testing the limitations of not only the plumbing in your commercial home or business, but the insulation as well. Pushing piping and HVAC systems to their limits.

If your plumbing system fails, your first call is to your plumber. Your second call is to SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher!  Available 24/7/365 for any of your mitigation and restoration needs. Our trained technicians are up to the task of getting your business or home back to preloss condition, making it "Like it never even happened."

Here are some tips to help you during this extreme weather:

  1. Protect your plumbing pipes from freezing

When winter temperatures plummet, water can easily freeze inside, causing them to burst. If you are out of the house or unaware of a burst pipe, the results can be disastrous, including massive home floods and damage to your beloved furniture, rugs and home structure. 

To reduce the possibility of frozen pipes, wrap each of your un-insulated pipes in a blanket of foam. You can purchase foam tubes with a slit on the side at most hardware stores. Cut the tube to the length you need, pull it open and push it over and around your pipe. Use duct tape to secure if the foam does not have self-adhesive edges. 

  1. Fix home plumbing leaks now

The best time to get leaks repaired is the present. Check all of the faucets in your kitchen, bathrooms and utility room for drips and puddles. If you have a leaky faucet, contact your trusted plumber immediately to get your pipes back in tip-top shape.

  1. Drain your water heater

If you live in a location with hard water, sediment can build up in your tank, causing rust to develop inside. This rust can then find its way into your drinking, cooking and bathing water. If your hot water heater already is rusted or is too old, consider purchasing a new one before cold weather sets in.

  1. Lose the outdoor hose to avoid frozen pipes

Until warm weather returns, your best home plumbing practice is to disconnect, wrap up and pack away your garden hose. Leaving a hose connected outside in winter can cause water left inside to freeze and expand, freezing your faucets and connecting pipes as well. Just say no to hefty repair bills and yes to a hose and fixtures you can use next year. 

  1. Close and drain shut-off valves leading outdoors

If you have interior shut off valves leading to outdoor faucets, close them and drain the water from outside lines. Any water that remains in the lines and freezes could cause major damage.

  1. Clean your home's sump pump pit

Before cold weather hits, you will need to inspect and clean your sump pump and the pit in which it rests. When exposed to extreme cold, your pump can freeze, causing it to stop working. 

If your sump pump malfunctions, water can enter your basement and cause flooding, especially when winter rains are in full swing. Do yourself a favor and inspect your pump and pit now to avoid massive flood damage and cleanup bills later.

Your winter should be full of cheer and warm family get-togethers, not exploded pipes and leaks that take days to fix. Prepare and repair your plumbing in advance to avoid a costly disaster.

Hopefully some of these will help you! Other wise SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher is ready to help you.

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FREE CE Classes this March 2019

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

!!FREE CE Classes for Insurance Agents Spring 2019!!

Attention Insurance Agents!!! Are you in need of Continued Education (CE) credits for your license? We are offering FREE CE classes March 6th & 7th, in two separate locations for your convenience. March 6th in Homewood, IL and March 7th in Bourbonnais, IL. Both days will have the same line up, Ethics and Professional Standards (3 Credits) from 9am-12pm & Water, Bio Clean Up, Trauma and Hoarding Claims (4 Credits) from 1pm-5pm.  

**Please see the attached flier for location addresses**

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for those in attendance. 

So come partake in our educational and lively classes. We hope to see you there. 

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SERVPRO Says Chicago Heights Structures Benefit from Rapid Water Removal

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Basement Flooding and Dampness in Chicago Heights? Call SERVPRO for Mitigation and Drying

Mitigation for Flooding Basements in Chicago Heights

The basement area of your Chicago Heights home can get affected by many potential threats throughout its time. With underground moisture and springs, water pressure constantly exists against the blockwork and masonry used to construct the walls of the basement and foundation. After years of this pressure, the mortar joints can begin to weaken and allow penetration in certain spots. As moisture can pass through these small openings, the damage gets more considerable and eventually becomes an entire breach.

What results from water flow into your Chicago Heights basement is flood damage. With the understanding that many people use these areas for storage of their belongings, it can quickly become a serious situation that requires professional assistance to overcome. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to help mitigate flood loss, and this begins with a full assessment of the damage, determining where the water is coming into the area from, and also removing at-risk items from the area to prevent irreparable damage.

Our assessment of the damage is much more than just entering the home and looking at where water is visible. We have sophisticated tools like our thermal imagery cameras that can identify moisture pockets into blockwork and determine where the source of the damage is, but also if the masonry is retaining moisture as well. Often weep holes get drilled into the course of blockwork closest to the flooring to drain collected water, and these holes get later filled up with hydraulic cement to protect them from becoming vulnerabilities themselves.

Quick extraction is critical in flooding situations so that our SERVPRO professionals can get to drying efforts as promptly as possible. The contents department can also remove at-risk items and belongings from the basement to prevent overexposure to the pooling water that makes them unsalvageable to our advanced restoration techniques.

Preventing flooding in your basement is a battle that many homeowners begin to lose as their homes continue to age. When flooding occurs, you can count on our SERVPRO of Chicago Heights / Crete / Beecher rapid response team to arrive fast to help. Give us a call anytime at (708) 672-0077.

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Caring for Victims

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Victim bags ready to help when disaster happens.

When your home is struck by fire or a major storm you may have only a few minutes to gather belongings and move to safety.  For many of us, gathering a few clothes, and the family photo album take priority over a toothbrush or comb.  

At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/ Crete/ Beecher we care about the community, that is why many of our staff carry these emergency bags in our vehicles.  Each bag contains a few of the essential personal care items that many people need after a fire or storm disaster.  Our hope is that each bag can bring a bit of comfort to the community after a tragedy. 

Having your own preparedness bag is very important especially if you live in an area where natural disaster such as tornado can strike.  It is also important to remember, only gather personal effects when it is safe to do so: material belongs can be replaced, but a life can not be

Putting the Knowledge About Fires in Your Hands

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Knowing what causes fires can help you to prevent them!

Knowledge is power! The Threat of Winter Fires is Real and according to FEMA:

  • 890 people die in winter home fires each year.
  • $2 billion in property loss occurs each year from winter home fires.
  • Winter home fires account for only 8 percent of the total number of fires in the U.S., but result in 30 percent of all fire deaths.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of all winter home fires.
  • A heat source too close to combustibles is the leading factor contributing to the start of a winter home fire (15 percent).
  • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is the most common time for winter home fires.
  • Unattended cooking is the leading factor in home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started when food or other cooking materials caught fire.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than one percent of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 18 percent of the cooking fire deaths.
  • Ranges accounted for the largest share (62 percent) of home cooking fire incidents.
  • More than half (55 percent) of reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
  • Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

Renters Insurance in Park Forest

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Do you know how important renters insurance is?

We see disasters everyday... and one of the saddest things is when people don't have rental insurance and loose everything.  If you have questions about rental insurance you should speak to an agent for more information.

Top myths and the facts—about renters insurance from State Farm:

  1. The landlord's insurance covers your possessions. Don't count on it. Most landlords' insurance covers only the building and damages due to negligence. 
  2. Renters insurance is expensive. In this case, the numbers speak for themselves. The average renters policy costs just $12 a month for up to $30,000 in personal property coverage. That's solid coverage for less than the cost of a couple of cups of coffee a week.
  3. Still concerned about price? Your insurer will work with you to find the combination of coverage and costs that suits your needs. You might even qualify for a discount by taking some simple home safety precautions or purchasing another policy, such as auto insurance, with the same insurer.
  4. You don't need insurance if your stuff isn't expensive. Most renters' belongings cost more than they think. 
  5. Think that number is too high? Take a moment to add up the approximate cost of your computer, television, stereo, furniture, jewelry, and clothing. If a fire gutted your apartment tomorrow, would you have the cash to replace it all?
  6. Renters insurance covers only your possessions. In fact, renters insurance covers much more than just your personal property: The average policy also includes up to $100,000 in liability coverage. That means in the event of a covered loss your insurer will help cover the costs if you're held responsible for injuring another person or damaging another person's property, including your landlord's. 
  7. Renters insurance is hard to get. You can research providers, compare quotes, and even find an agent online

A community partnership

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

The 2018 Village of Crete Christmas Parade.

At SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher we strive to be as actively involved in our local communities as possible. We strongly believe that to be successful you need to do more than just offer a great service to your communities, you need to buy into what is happening and what is important locally.

Over the years we have worked very hard to not only help sponsor events and charity fundraisers but also actively participate in them. If we aren’t trying to help those around us succeed then our success will also be limited, in being a valued community business leader and participant.

The best way to lead is always by example.

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Be Prepared for Winter Storms!

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes

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

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Holiday Fire Tips

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.

Water Damage Issues in Peotone

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Issues in Peotone

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 Peotone. 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 Peotone 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 Peotone, 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. 

SERVPRO can help with your mold in your school, church, or business

11/28/2018 (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 cleans your damaged items

11/28/2018 (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

Beecher fire damage

11/28/2018 (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.

SERVPRO Content Cleaning and Storage

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

Commercial Water Damage

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)

Sprinkler head with water spraying out We are available 24/7/364 for water emergencies.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Absestos testing and abatement in Lansing, IL

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

SERVPRO of Chicago Heights/Crete/Beecher can respond immediately to restore your Monee home from water damage. Always here to help!

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. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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)

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 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)

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. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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)

Water damage drying equipment Crete, IL

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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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