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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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. 

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. 

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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.

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!

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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.

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/

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. 

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.

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.

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/

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.

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.

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. 

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.