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5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Be safe and enjoy your summer!

With summer just around the corner, we would like to offer a few safety fire tips.

  • If you or someone in your family likes to grill, make sure to use long-handled barbecue tools. 

  • Only use your grill outside and keep it away from siding and deck rails.  

  • Clean your grill after each use.  This will remove grease that can start a fire. 

  • Open your gas grill before lighting.

  • Never leave your grill unattended. 

  • Keep a 3-foot safe zone around grills, fire pits and campfires. 

  • Attend public fireworks displays; this leaves the lighting to the professionals.  

  • Build campfires at least 15 feet away from tent walls, shrubs or other materials that burn. 

You can check out the SERVPRO Memorial Day fire video here:

Restore Your Orland Park Commercial Property After Water Damage

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restore Your Orland Park Commercial Property After Water Damage Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Orland Park commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Orland Park

SERVPRO of Orland Park specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew


  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician

  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician

  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

  • HST - Health and safety Technician

  • FCT - Floor Care (Hard Surfaces) Technician

  • OCT - Odor Control Technician

  • OSHA - 10-hour General and/or Construction Industry Training Program

  • OSHA - Other Training

  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician

  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician

  • RCT - Rug Cleaning Technician

  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation

Does Your Palos Heights Home Have a Mold Problem?

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Does Your Palos Heights Home Have a Mold Problem? Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

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

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –  (708) 532-3377

How Hoarding Can Increase Fire Risks

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How Hoarding Can Increase Fire Risks Hoarding can happen for many different reasons

What is Hoarding?

Hoarding is a condition where a person has persistent difficulty discarding a large amount of personal possessions. These objects will cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress.  Hoarding can prevent typical use of space and limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping.  It could potentially put the individual and others at risk of causing fires, falling, poor sanitation and other health concerns.

Increased Fire Risks

  • Cooking risks: if items are too close to the oven or stove, this can make cooking unsafe and start a fire.
  • Space heaters: when there are space heaters being used in the winter, they can tip or be too close to objects than can burn.
  • Electrical wiring:  may be old or worn and not obvious with all the clutter. If there are rodents that are getting into the home, they can also chew on this wire and cause damage which could start a fire. 
  • Candles: open flames can be very dangerous in a home with excess clutter. 

How Hoarding Impacts First Responders

  • Blocked exits: firefighters can get trapped if there are too many items blocking exit.
  • Excess weight: of the stored items may happen when water is added in trying to put out the fire. This may lead to the building collapsing.
  • Fighting fires is very risky in a hoarding home. It is hard to enter the home to provide medical care. The clutter can slow down the search and rescue of people and pets.

  • Help Reduce the Risk of Fire Injury

    When talking to a person who hoards, focus on their safety rather than the clutter. Try to be empathetic and understand. 

    If you know someone in this situation, try to help them make a home safety plan so in the event of a fire, they can make a safe escape. Also try to install working smoke alarms in the home and test them once a month.

    You can also try to reach out to their community fire department and let them know of your concerns. They may be able to refer you to someone that can help. 

    For more information on this topic you can visit the ADAA website. 

    SERVPRO of Orland Park has experience in cleaning hoarding homes. Hoarding is a specialty cleaning situation and many times involves some sort of bio-hazard situation. PPE is a must in these incidents and should not be completed by family members or friends. Call us today for more information 708-532-3377

Storm Damage and Mold in Palos Heights

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage and Mold in Palos Heights Got mold? SERVPRO of Orland Park can help! Call us today! 708-532-3377

Information on Mold Remediation in Palos Heights, IL

Mold growth begins anywhere from 2-3 days after a storm causes water damage in Alsip.  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.

Act Fast

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.

Click on these links for more information about services in Alsip.

Mold Damage Remediation in Palos Heights, IL

Flooding and Water Damage Restoration in Palos Heights, IL

Here are some more helpful links on mold:

EPA Mold Guide

IICRC 5 Principles to Mold Remediation

Dealing With Water Damage Caused by Sewage in Oak Forest

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Dealing With Water Damage Caused by Sewage in Oak Forest Sewage Water Needs Proper Cleanup


Sewage cleanup in Oak Forest is vital and requires immediate attention and action. Performing sewage cleanup encompasses risks along with dealing with water damage to your structure.  It is important to make sure that the cleanup is done properly and safely.  Exposure to bacteria and virus can lead to serious illness and are often encountered in sewage water.  You should immediately take action and call a restoration company to do this. 

The SERVPRO crew will assess the category of water as clean water, gray water or black water and make preparations to properly clean it up.

When on-site, the crew will inspect the scope of the sewage damage, including the interior and exterior.  If necessary, they will remove all furniture and possessions, this includes carpeting.  All the items that can be saved should be removed and properly cleaned.  They will also take care to make sure there is no cross-contamination to prevent the spread of sewage damage.

After all the contaminated areas have been removed, the remaining area will be thoroughly cleaned with specialized industrial cleaners.

The areas will then be dried using high velocity fans and dehumidifiers. 

 We offer professional sewage cleanup services and will work with you and your insurance company. For more information visit or call us now 708-532-3377.

For other important information on sewage cleanup and what homeowners should know click on the following link for the IICRC

What to do After a Fire in Orland Park

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to do After a Fire in Orland Park SERVPRO of Orland Park is trained in fire damage restoration

When a fire happens in your home or business, lives are suddenly turned around.  Recovery can be a mentally and physically draining process.  So who do you contact and where do you begin?

  1. Contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on temporary housing, protecting the property, and conducting inventory.  They will recommend a fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO of Orland Park who are experienced with the process.
  2. Before you enter your residence, make sure it is safe. Check with the fire department to make sure there was no structural damage caused by the fire.  They should also see that the utilities are disconnected before they leave or are safe to use.
  3.  Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items. Take photographs of everything you can. Do not throw anything away until this has been done.
  4. If possible, locate your valuable documents and records. 
  5. Be sure to let your local police department know if you are not going to be staying in your home while the repairs are made.
  6. Save any receipts for money you spend related to the fire loss.  Your insurance company may need them later for verification.
  7. Notify your mortgage company of the fire.

For more tips and information on fires, you can check out the U.S. Fire Administration website. 

What is Black Mold

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Black Mold Call SERVPRO Orland Park for help with removal of black mold

You may have seen news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Orland Park has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

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.

Call us today 708-532-3377

The Warning Signs of a Tornado in Orland Park

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Warning Signs of a Tornado in Orland Park Knowledge is key to tornado preparedness

Tornadoes are one of the most feared because their strong winds can cause devastating damage to entire towns.  Tornado winds can exceed speeds of 100 miles per hour and this can easily damage homes and businesses as well as uproot trees and toss cars around like they are a toy.  Since it is possible for a tornado to form anywhere in the U.S., it is important to look for the warning signs of the impending storm so you can get to a safe location. 

The Difference Between A Tornado Watch And Tornado Warning

Your local news will usually put out a tornado watch or warning.  If your area is under watch, this means that your area is experiencing conditions that make it possible for a tornado to form.  You should be on alert if a tornado watch has been having been issued in the event the situation becomes more dangerous. When a tornado warning has been issued, this means there has been a tornado sighted and you need to take shelter immediately.  

Tornado Warning Signs

There are several things you can look for when you know there is a threat of a tornado.  Early warning signs are increasing winds, clouds moving rapidly, and the sky and clouds look green.  Hail is another early warning sign of a tornado and what causes the sky to look the greenish color.

Tornado Preparedness

Knowledge is key to tornado preparedness.  Make sure everyone in your family knows the signs of an approaching tornado and they know what to do.  

During a storm listen to your local news or a weather radio station for updates.  You can also install a weather app on your smart phone that will send you updates.  

Also, you should consider confining pets to a carrier or placing dogs on a leash during a tornado watch so that you can transfer them to a safe room in case the warning is issued.  

Even the most extensive preparation cannot prevent a tornado from causing significant damage to your home.  If this happens it is important to call a storm damage restoration professional immediately to assist you in recovering.  

Prepare Your Business For Flooding in Orland Park

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Prepare Your Business For Flooding in Orland Park SERVPRO of Orland Park will restore your business after flooding or any other disaster.

The weather has been very unpredictable the past few weeks in our area.  We have experience heavy rains in a short period of time causing the sewer systems to back up and streets to flood. 

If you see there is a flash flood watch, this means that a flash flood is possible.  A flash flood warning means that a flood is about to happen or already taking place.  If a flash flood occurs, you should make sure everyone gets to higher ground as quickly as possible. 

Your business can prepare for any potential disaster, including flash floods. Keep all essential equipment and documents elevated from the floor.  Ideally, they should be stored on the second floor of the building or higher.  Back-up electronic data daily to cloud storage or to an external drive so the files can still be accessed in the event of a disaster.  

It is a good idea to have a battery-powered radio available on-site.  In case of a power outage, you and your staff can keep updated on the current conditions.  (FEMA) The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides a list of recommended supplies in the event of a disaster, such as a flashlight and first aid kit. 

You can also check with the National Weather Service to get more tips on safety during flooding

SERVPRO of Orland Park can help your business get back on track after flooding or other disasters. Call us today for more information or a free inspection (708) 239-1444