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Oak Forrest Smoke and Soot Cleanup

9/5/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Orland Park will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (708) 532-3377

Why SERVPRO? We Rock When It Comes To Fire Clean-Up!

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

When fire damage affects your home or business, SERVPRO of Orland Park is here to help.  Our technicians are IICRC certified and specialize in structure and content cleaning.  The first process in cleaning the structure is to remove the soot residue.  We use dry sponges in order to do this.  In order to reach high areas, such as the ceiling, we will attach the dry sponge to an extension pole.  The dry sponge can be used to wipe down soot that is anywhere in the structure.  These sponges contain special chemicals that absorb the soot without getting the sponge wet.  

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. If you have had fire or smoke damage in your home or business call us today (708) 532-3377

Fire Safety

9/2/2022 (Permalink)

Right now is the perfect time to get with family and friends and have a nice camp fire. Here are a few safety 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdiABcqpjzw&feature=youtu.be

Water Damage Doesn't Schedule A Convenient Time, Luckily, SERVPRO is 24/7/365

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

When water attacks your home, it is never scheduled. Typically, you wake up in the middle of the night to a disaster, come home from work to a basement full of water, or come home after a vacation to a situation that you would have rather have not had to endure. 

So why exactly should you call SERVPRO?

1. We deal with water disasters every single day. There is not much we haven't seen and have the equipment, expertise, and experience to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

2. We are faster to any size disaster. Due to the large size of SERVPRO, we have the resources to call to help when a major disaster strikes. Also, we are a locally owned franchise, and we are also here to help you with the smaller disaster situations as well.

3. We are trained and certified! Many people might know the what but haven't experienced the how when it comes to fixing a situation. We are 100% ready to tackle whatever might come your way. 

So call us today! We are ready to get you back to your preloss condition today!  

The Side-Effects Of Putting Out a Fire

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after fire damage occurs can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of Orland Park can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  We provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.  

A back-draft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home.  Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.  

So after the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Orland Park help you restore it.  With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home, but the customer's peace of mind, as well.  

SERVPRO of Orland Park has crews available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year call us today (708) 532-3377.

The Sheer Volume Of Water Will Blow Your Mind!

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

We can never really comprehend the volume of water that is shed from the structures we inhabit until storm damage opens a portion of it to the elements. This type of catastrophe must have a swift, professional response. Hiring a company like SERVPRO that specializes in flood damage and overall disaster remediation is the key to a successful outcome.

Here is a typical storm damage scenario: torrential rains and high winds hit your home for hours. Nearby tree limbs fall, break windows and cause a corner of the roof to collapse.  This allows water to rush in through your attic and to the floors below leaving you with flood damage throughout your Palos Heights home. As the storm begins to weaken, you realize the safety of your family and the structure of your house require a professional response. Leaving even a portion of your home open to the elements risks more water damage, invasion by pests, or unauthorized personnel.

SERVPRO can meet your immediate need to temporarily secure and protect the storm-damaged structure, and prevent further damage or unauthorized entry with board-up and roof tarping services.  Then the process of mitigating and remediating the interior can begin. Storm and flood damage calls for a broad range of skills and specialized equipment possessed by this remediation industry leader.
 
Expect the SERVPRO team to take the time to create a firm plan outlining all the jobs that must be completed to prepare your home for re-construction. Standing water on every level of your home must be pumped out or extracted with powerful vacuums. The majority of the water collects in the basement or lowest level, so immediate attention focuses there, but SERVPRO's properly prepared and trained technicians examine every inch of the dwelling for flood damage.
 
Following the removal of the water, SERVPRO's certified workers take moisture measurements of structures, air, and possessions as a post-disaster baseline. Drying goals shortly emerge from their skilled computations, and the recovery spotlight now shines on achieving appropriate moisture levels to minimize permanent damage to wood, metal, and fibers, among other things. Commercial air movers and low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers are precisely placed where needed to dry out the structure, flooring, floor coverings, walls, ceilings, and belongings.

Contact SERVPRO of Orland Park for your flood damage needs-  (708) 532-3377

The Most Important Things To Do In After A Fire In Your Home or Business

7/23/2022 (Permalink)

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. 

Fire Can Be Devastating! SERVPRO Is Here For You

7/23/2022 (Permalink)

The damages that fire can cause are, of course, significant and devastating.  Smoke is a big issue as well and can be very hard to get rid of.  In the even of a fire in your home, you can be left with a mess that requires the help of professional who know how to deal with residue left behind and that smell.  

The acidity of smoke and soot can make them difficult to remove and they contain particles that are harmful to breathe, so its going to be essential to clean the smoke damage completely out of your contents if possible. 

Electronics that have been damaged by fire often present serious hazards. No device should be turned on if it could possibly have been damaged by fire.  Smoke residue contains certain acids that corrode metal surfaces. Taking prompt action will prevent further damage to your devices.

When you have suffered a fire, handling the damages following that fire can be overwhelming.  SERVPRO of Orland Park is here to help you clean for your belongings and premises during this process. 

Water damage on your hardwood floor does not have to stress you out anymore

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damage To Hardwood Floors After A Storm

Waterflood from a storm can lead to colossal property destruction. Hardwood floors are especially vulnerable to water damage. When it makes its way into the building, the water can penetrate hardwood floors and cause irreversible damage.

When a storm occurs in your Chicago area, our water removal services can help deal with the situation. SERVPRO has highly trained technicians who can dry the water damaged hardwood floors quickly and efficiently.

Hardwoods tend to hold up better from moisture than softwoods in a water damage situation. During a storm, the combined high density of the wood and high moisture conditions causes it to retain more water. Our water removal procedure centers on preventing permanent warping, cupping, and buckling. The amount of water present and how long it has been there can influence the extent of the water damage.

SERVPRO technicians are IICRC Certified and can assess whether the cup and warp are severe before choosing a solution. If not, we may use sanding during the refinishing process. Before this, we have to stabilize the moisture content level to below 12 percent. It can take 1-2 months before initiating the sanding and refinishing processes, as we have to wait for the wood floors to acclimate. When done prematurely, sanding can cause your hardwood floors to cup or crown as drying progresses. One of our techniques is to place drying mats, about 10 square feet each, and suction the water from this large surface area from between the joints, and if structured, the below subfloor and floor joists.

Veneer Hardwood flooring is more vulnerable to the water damage caused by a storm, as it has a considerably thinner surface. The layers of these types of planks present an almost no chance of restoration. It is typically more economical to discard and start anew. The purpose of our water removal efforts is to dry the hardwood floor as much as possible. Drying prevents mold growth on the wood, which can occur when moisture levels are above 20 percent.

This type of water damage situation also requires minimizing relative humidity to 30-45 percent. SERVPRO technicians use air movers to achieve this purpose, which facilitates airflow above and underneath the wood floor. We may also need to increase the room temperature after the storm, which helps accelerate the evaporation process.

Water damage on your hardwood floor does not have to stress you out anymore. SERVPRO of Orland Park is available 24/7 to offer quick water removal services to your community. Call us today (708) 532-3377. 

We are here for you when fire damage strikes your Orland Park home or business

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Cases where fire consumes everything in an Orland Park property, are rare, and there are numerous reasons for this since even a small fire has the potential to turn into a massive blaze. One reason is the reaction time and effort put in extinguishing the fire. Another reason is what fuels the fire once it starts. There are several other reasons so, in the end, each incident results in different types of damages. The different levels of damage might necessitate unique restorative action so involving a professional is a good idea.

Cases of fire damage in Orland Park fall into three levels – minor, medium, and major damage. At the minor level, most of the loss is from smoke residue. The deposits are also light to moderate in nature, so restoration mostly involves cleaning the affected surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians can either use dry or wet cleaning techniques to get rid of the residues.

In medium level fire incidents, there is both smoke and heat damage on different surfaces and items, but it is moderate. Heat damage might affect cabinets, drywall, and other contents. Odors might also be more noticeable. Our SERVPRO team can help clean up and refinish surfaces. We clean contents at the job site too and carry out any necessary deodorization procedures eliminating traces of the fire “Like it never even happened.”

In fires categorized as major, heat damage is more severe especially in the areas close to the source. Such blazes leave parts of the structure such as framing charred, so part of the restoration process involves structural repairs. Smoke damage is also widespread reaching different sections of the property. Our SERVPRO team can help with the extensive cleanup and removal of debris from the structure. We also help board up the house or winterize it if the incident happens during the cold season. It is still possible to salvage some contents, but in most cases, they require extensive cleaning which we do offsite.

Proper restoration efforts can help restore your home to a preloss state. Call SERVPRO of Orland Park for assistance (708) 532-3377.