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

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Chicago Heights Property Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Assessments and Remediation 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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Document Preservation, Restoration, Conservation, and Recovery

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Document Preservation, Restoration, Conservation, and Recovery 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.  

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

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

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

Here is your Chicago Heights Fire Department.

FREE CE Classes this March 2019

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO FREE CE Classes this March 2019 !!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. 

For further questions please contact us at 708-672-0077 

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Caring for Victims

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Caring for Victims 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)

Why SERVPRO Putting the Knowledge About Fires in Your Hands 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)

Why SERVPRO Renters Insurance in Park Forest 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)

Why SERVPRO A community partnership 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.


SERVPRO Content Cleaning and Storage

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Content Cleaning and Storage Content Cleaning and Storage

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


11/12/2018 (Permalink)


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

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

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

CALL SERVPRO of Chicago Heights-Crete-Beecher!


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