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When Winter Weather Hits, SERVPRO is Ready!

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

Winter weather can be frustrating. From to shoveling yourself out of your driveway and slow commutes many people are happy when Spring finally approaches. Winter weather can take a tow on your body, your vehicle and your home. While there isn’t much SERVPRO can do to help with your sore muscles or your weather-beaten vehicle we are here to help when a water emergency arises at your property.

Unfortunately, disasters may strike your home even when you have followed all the blog tips, taken all the precautions and considered yourself prepared. So, remembering to make the necessary phone calls as soon as possible may limit further damage and reduce restoration cost.

We at SERVPRO of Orland Park are here to help get your home back to preloss condition. Our office staff is ready to take your call, answer any questions and dispatch one of our well qualified crews to your home. Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

If your home or business has experience flooding or water damage, call today (708) 239-1444!

WATER DAMAGE ADVICE FOR YOUR ORLAND PARK HOME

1/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water is one of the most common causes of damage in a home and can happen from any number of sources such as severe weather, plumbing/appliances or accidents.

Being familiar with the most common types of water damage is good when you need to call and file a claim with your insurance company. Many people will contact their insurance and immediately state their home is “flooded”. Whilst your child’s favorite board games may be floating in water, it does not mean you have a flood.

If the damaged was caused by an overflowing dish washer or washing machine this would not be categorized as flooding by your insurance company. Some of the most common lingo used by insurance companies are:

  • Sewer backup or Water backup
  • Overflow or discharge
  • Flood

When calling to determine if your water damage is covered your insurance company will ask several questions regarding the potential source of the damage and how the damaged occurred. The insurance company will then send out an adjuster to assess the damage and determine if it is covered.

Many times, it is hard to remember what needs to be done when you are faced with water damage, this is where our expertise in water damage and restoration would be of assistance. In many cases we are able answer questions regarding the insurance process, come out to your home and provide an inspection, and contact your adjuster to get approvals for emergency services over the phone hours after the damage has occurred.

Moving quickly can minimize the amount of damage done to ceilings, walls, floors and personal items and the amount of time needed to restore your home back to preloss condition.

If you have encountered water damage in your Orland Park home, please contact us (708) 532-3377.

We are available 24/7!

Fire Damage In Your Orland Park Business

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

 

For many Orland Park small business owners, their 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.

Fire Prevention

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.

Fire Damage

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.

Mold Removal In Palos Heights

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth can begin anywhere from 2-3 days after a storm causes water damage.  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.

Preventing Winter Water Damage

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fall is here and winter is fast approaching. Fall is the time to perform a few simple checks to ensure you home is prepared for the cold winter ahead.

Ice dams can be a common problem in the winter for houses that get regular snowfall.  The dams form when snow melts and runs down your roof and refreezes near the edge.  This happens when your roof wars to above 32 degrees F which is warm enough to melt the snow while the roof edge remains below freezing. 

The key to preventing ice dams is simply to keep your attic and roof cold. Here are some tips on doing that:

  1. Close up attic bypasses
  2. Add roof and sofit vents
  3. Check your attic insulation level and add more if you have less than 8 inches. 

If you do already have an ice dam and are unable to remove the snow from the roof, best way to get rid of it is to hire a roofing company to steam it off.

For more information and suggestions, check out this great article on Preventing Ice Dams

If you have water damage in your home, we can certainly help with that. Contact us 24/7 365 days a year 708-532-3377 we are here to help! 

Preventing A Dryer Fire In Your Orland Park Home

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

The U.S. Fire Administration reports there are 2,900 dryer fires reported each year.  The damage from these fires totals to a staggering 35 million dollars. With so much at risk, it is important to understand what can cause a dryer fire and how to prevent them in your home. 

CLEAN THE LINT FILTER

A clogged lint filter is the leading contributing factor in dryer fires. 34 percent of reported dryer fires is due to failing to clean out the lint trap according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

A good habit to get into is every time you unload the dryer, clean out the lint trap.  If you are putting a new load of wet clothes in the dryer, double check that the lint trap is clean to lower your risk of fire.  Clean filters also allow the dryer to run more efficiently, allowing your wet clothes to dry faster and preventing your machine from overheating. 

INSPECT DRYER DUCTS REGULARLY

If the dryer vent or ducts are blocked, this can also cause a dryer fire.  Check your ducts once a month to ensure there are no blockages.  Blockages can come from an accumulation of lint, an animal that is nesting inside, or a snow buildup over the outside vent. 

Accidents can still happen, even despite your best efforts. If your Orland Park house has been damaged by smoke or fire, call SERVPRO of Orland Park (708) 532-3377. We have the resources to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. 

Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup in Palos Heights, IL

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

The weather in the Chicago area can be very unpredictable.  We can 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. 

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) 532-3377.

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup in Orland Park

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

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.

(708) 532-3377

Fire Damage Restoration In Orland Park, IL

8/3/2018 (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. 

Mold Removal in Oak Forest, IL

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that mold can spread 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.