Fire Damage Restoration For Your Business
For many small business owners, their small business is their livelihood. Any disaster that happens to hurt the company can be detrimental the owner’s finances in a huge way. One of the most common issues that many business owners face is commercial fire damage . There are many ways in which fire can affect your business. However, there are steps that a company can take both before and after fire damage occurs to mitigate any damage that a fire may cause.
Although it seems obvious, being able to prevent fire damage from occurring is the best defense against fire. There are many things that a business can do to increase their first line against fire issues. First, always use the highest quality building materials possible. Many new building materials are much more fire resistant and can end up saving a lot of money. They may be more expensive to put in, but if a fire occurs, they can help save thousands of dollars in repairs. Also, if your facility has a lot of employees, be sure to have safety meetings and discuss the ways they can reduce the likelihood of a fire taking place. For example, a cigarette should be disposed of properly rather than just throwing it on the ground or in a trash can. These steps can go a long way in reducing the chances of a fire. However, at the end of the day even if a business takes the necessary precautions, a fire may still occur. It is important to have a good plan in place and a company that you trust to help clean up the fire damages.
Some business owners may thing that fire damage is something that will easily be cleaned up. However, there are often several layers of issues that the small business owner faces in the aftermath. Flames in a fire can cause damage to the exterior and the interior of the building. Sometimes there may even be structural damage as well. The damage caused by fire and smoke are a significant issue. Many people may feel as though the smoke just smells bad but it can cause long term damage as well. It is important that you work with a quality experienced restoration company to restore the building that was damaged.
Orland Park Water Damage Advice Home Or Business
Alsip Water Damage Advice
Although there is a variety of potential problems that property owners in Alsip dread, water damage typically tops the list. Water damagecan result from different factors, including heavy rain, snow, natural disasters, a leaky pipe or appliance. Irrespective of the cause, water damage ramifications are issues that residential property owners need to understand thoroughly. To get a basic understanding of what water damage is and how it should be addressed, refer to the following quick reference guide:
Water damage: Identifying Some of The Causes from This Short List.
• leaky dishwashers
• broken pipes
• overflowing washing machines
• plumbing leaks
• foundation cracks or a damaged roof
• heavy rain
Categories of Water That Cause Water Damage
As water damage restoration specialists from SERVPRO know, there are several categories of water leading to water damage. The concern for the rate of water removal escalates as the Category number increases. Category 1 is clean water, and this is a type of water that poses no serious threat to people. This is drinking water (potable) that is in a place it should not be. Category 2 is gray water, and this type of water is contaminated and can cause illness when ingested. This may be soapy dishwater, standing water on a floor or waste water containing urine. Category 3 is black water. This type of water is unsanitary and dangerous because it contains bacteria that can cause sickness. Black water results from sewage issues and standing water that has been contaminated. This category of water requires immediate water removal.
Water Damage: The Restoration Process
Water damage restoration is an important process. When done expediently by expert technicians from SERVPRO, water restoration enables residential owners in Alsip to minimize the adverse effects to their personal belongings and lessen or prevent structural damage. However, the efficacy of their efforts is typically contingent upon the amount of water that caused the damage as well as the severity of the damage. These water removal specialists will use special equipment and proven methodologies to control water damage and limit its debilitating effects.
Although water damage can be a difficult situation, securing the services of a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO takes the pressure off of you. It allows you to sit back and watch how your home is restored to its pre-water damaged condition. If you need our services, we are only minutes away from your property.
Palos Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips if You Suspect Mold
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Orland Park for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Orland Park specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (708) 532-3377
Caring For Your Personal Items After A Fire
No matter how small or large the fire, suffering from a house fire can be devastating. Fires can leave behind damage on the interior as well as the exterior. Sometimes families have to start over with nothing but what is on their back.
When a fire has hit your home and you are the victim, know that there is help when it comes to restoring your possessions. Fire damage restoration services included salvaging your personal belongings along with the structure of your home.
Inspecting Your Property
To get started, one of our fire damage professionals will evaluate your home. Your personal belongings will be evaluated to determine what we will be able to save as well as what may need to be parted with. This visual assessment will initiate the process with cleaning as well as packing and storing while your home is being repaired.
Personal items can be damaged by fire, soot, smoke as well as the water that the fire department used to put out the fire. We will try to save as much as possible, limiting the overall loss for homeowners.
Sorting, Cleaning, Packing
Our experienced professionals are trained in handling all your possessions with extreme care. We will ensure that your items are safely packed and placed to the side while others will be sorted for cleaning and disposal.
To learn more about our fire damage restoration process, contact SERVPRO of Orland Park today (708) 532-3377. We are ready to assist you with fire damage restoration options to get you back to normal everyday living.
SERVPRO Recognizes National Preparedness Month
"Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can."
Reminder to Home and Business Owners:
“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
Orland Park, IL (Grassroots Newswire) August 23, 2017 - September is National Preparedness Month (http://www.ready.gov/September), an annual event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to raise awareness about the importance of preparing—in advance—for the unexpected. In support of this initiative, Chuck Williams, owner of SERVPRO® of Orland Park, encourages Orland Park property owners to take the following two steps now to protect their family, home, and business in the aftermath of a disaster.
- Review and update your emergency preparedness plan, including business and life continuity plans. If you don’t yet have a plan, use the tools provided by FEMA to get started. (https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan)
- Collect and store time-critical information, like the location of shutoff valves, fire suppression system controls, and emergency contact numbers electronically, where it is immediately available to assist first responders.
“Evacuation plans and emergency supply kits help you survive a disaster, but a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan helps you recover from a disaster,” said Williams. “The most effective response to any emergency is a fast response. That’s why having critical system and contact information at your fingertips is so important. A quick and effective response helps minimize repairs and downtime, helping both businesses and families get back on track in less time, with less stress.”
SERVPRO offers tools for both commercial and residential property owners to help them minimize damage and recover quickly from emergencies. The SERVPRO READY app stores essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Orland Park as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) and storing that profile in the READY app.
“Rapid response from a disaster cleanup and restoration specialist can help the property owner evaluate options, start the insurance process, and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal,” said Williams. “Even in the confusion and panic that often surround a disaster, a property owner or manager using the SERVPRO READY app can reach out for expert help right from the scene, using a cell phone.”
SERVPRO® of Orland Park specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO® of Orland Park, please contact us at (708) 532-3377 or Office@SERVPROorlandpark.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.
Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.
Commercial Flood Damage in Palos Park
Some commercial business owners treat property issues as part of doing business, but dealing with Palos Park flood damage can be sometimes problematic. Flood damage can destroy inventory, stock, supplies, office furniture, documents and electronic equipment as well as cause structural damage. Also, there could be potential health issues arising from contaminated water and possible mold contamination. SERVPRO suggests the following to help mitigate water damage to your business facility.
In many cases, flood damage results from the effects of a storm. There are several types of water damage that can result from storm surges. Some of them include:
• Building displacement or damage
• Mold growth in commercial properties within walls or HVAC systems
• Damage to coastal rail lines, highways, or roads resulting in less accessibility for transportation
• Loss of business, closed doors means lost commercial cash flow, less rent, and loss of customer traffic
How to Save on Flood Damage Restoration
Have a flood insurance program? By purchasing business interruption insurance, you can gain reimbursement for a claim and lessen the impact of no revenue stream and thus lower your total costs. SERVPRO is recognized as a preferred vendor by many insurance and management companies. We can help speed the process of water damage restoration. The best way to reduce or prevent damages generated by storm surges is to implement strategies before the onset of hurricane season. Here are some strategies you should implement:
• Build higher. If you own your commercial building, consider the value of finding the property's base flood elevation and building above it. Hire a structural engineer to offer a plan to reinforce your commercial property.
• Place valuables higher. If your building contains more than one floor, be sure to move valuable assets, technical equipment, and computers to the second floor.
• Invest in preventative installations. Be sure to install some back-flow valves in the property's sewer lines. These valves will prevent city sewage from flowing into your property in the event of a storm surge. Have available access to water surge barricading materials such as sandbags. Also, be sure to elevate electrical systems such as extension cords above the region's flood level. You can also utilize cinder blocks to raise your appliances and most valuable assets above anticipated flood levels.
• Select fast-drying material. Carpeting and wet drywall are susceptible to damage from mold. These porous-surfaced building materials normally require discarding after flooding due to contaminants and mold growth. Build or replace with stone products, tile and no cardboard backed gypsum materials.
To ensure your Palos Heights commercial property can withstand water damage resulting from floods be sure to implement the strategies outlined above. Post flooding, the most urgent action is to extract the standing water from the premises. Our company has the equipment, training, and expertise to dry out your building, repair material damage, clean, and sanitize your business. Our IICRC-certified professionals are skilled in thoroughly restoring your property to its previous safe, sanitary condition. "Like it never even happened." Let's get you open for business.
Commercial Water Damage in Orland Park
Commercial Building Restoration Services
When flooding or fires happen, they may occur at your office or business. Who do you call? Being prepared is the first step and may score you brownie points with your boss if you know the right company to call in an emergency.
SERVPRO of Orland Park is available 24 hours a day to restore your Orland Park commercial property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,650 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:
Dealing with Mold and Water Damage in Orland Park
Information on Mold Remediation in Orland Park
Mold growth begins anywhere from 2-3 days after a storm causes water damage in Orland Park. The mold is a harmful issue, and it can negatively affect your health, house, and the contents within your home. As the length of exposure to storm water damage increases, the chance for air spores that spread mold also escalates. Mold remediation becomes more challenging as the signs of mold growth that include musty odors, and discolored surfaces, become more apparent.
Our highly trained mold removal technicians use the latest technology and tools to quickly address your mold problem in a
manner that effectively removes mold colonies. Unlike DIY techniques, our SERVPRO professional service does not carry the risk of improperly removing mold, in this way, expediting a more rapid return to a healthy home environment. We are also trained and licensed to handle lead, asbestos and other dangerous materials that may show up during the mold removal process.
We are available 24 per day. Before your appointment, be sure to:
- Inventory damaged and missing goods for your insurance claim.
- Throw away all sealed and unsealed food and beverage contacted by storm flood waters.
- Open windows and doors.
- Refrain from using electrical devices until it is safe.
- Remove standing water when possible.
- Use dehumidifiers and fans to ventilate your home; SERVPRO can perform this task upon arrival.
Our mold remediation technician will also determine if any contents in your home are salvageable. Porous items that are wet for over 48 hours and cannot be completely dried and cleaned must be disposed of.
This list includes carpet, carpet padding, ceiling tiles, clothing, drywall, floor tiles, insulation, leather goods, paper, upholstery, wallpaper and wood items.
When our mold remediation expert arrives, he will:
- Apply biocides.
- Decide whether or not you can stay in your house during the mold remediation process.
- Determine if additional ventilation and containment is needed.
- Look for mold in the HVAC system and biological hazards in the home.
- Test for any additional mold after the mold remediation process.
- Use quick structural drying techniques.
Here are some more helpful links on mold:
EPA Mold Guide
IICRC 5 Principles to Mold Remediation
Grilling Safety Tips to Prevent Fires
When the warmer weather hits, there is nothing better than the smell of food on the grill. According to the NFPA three out of five households own a gas grill, which means there’s an increased risk of fires in homes.
Each year an average of 8,900 of home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all the injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns.
Even though nearly half the people who grill do it year round, most of the injuries happen in the month of July, followed by May, June and August.
- Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
- Be sure to place your grill well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
- Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
- Never leave your grill unattended.
- Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in the trays below the grill.
SERVPRO Acts Fast With Water Extraction Services
Acting quickly after water damage is critical
Water extraction is probably not something that home and business owners spend a lot of time thinking about. This service usually only becomes necessary in an emergency situation. This may happen after a heavy rainfall or a burst pipe or sewer drain overflow. This is when the removal of water becomes critical.
SERVPRO of Orland Park is available 24/7 to mitigate the damage caused by water accumulation. We not only remove the water quickly, but also work to salvage any furniture or equipment that we can. The main goal of our services is to help people in Orland Park recover quickly so they can continue on with their lives and businesses.
No matter how big a problem, or how small a leak, we can help with our water extraction services.
CALL US TODAY (708) 532-3377