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Fire Damage Restoration In Orland Park

10/6/2020 (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.

Why SERVPRO Treats for Microbial Growth After Water Removal

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Getting an Orland Park residence restored after a disaster means another family can move forward and forget about the stress and hardship caused by a terrible event. At SERVPRO, we treat all our customers like family, so knowing we can help make things right again means a lot to us. We use our specialized training to give those relying on us the best possible service when they need to restore their home.

This is why SERVPRO specialists go one extra step when working on a house in Orland Park that requires water removal services. Some areas of a home can become havens for microbial infestations after being damp for only a short period. Concrete and brick are notorious for sweating, especially after a period of saturation from water loss incidents.

We do everything possible to get your home dry after an incident involving broken pipes using our drying equipment, but ever-present microbes can latch onto moisture and then begin growing. To stop this, an antimicrobial agent that encapsulates any microscopic organisms and then crushes them as it dries takes care of any possible infestations.

Our IICRC training stresses prevention whenever possible, as this helps save our customers money in the long run. Water in a home, even slight dampness, almost always leads to mold and mildew problems. Either can cause health effects in addition to property damage, including loss of keepsakes and other precious belongings. Instead of leaving things merely dry, we prevent the most common problem that might arise out of the situations we just mitigated.

While we remove all of the water we can, microbes only require a minuscule amount. A few drops spread out can seem almost imperceptible to someone. When this amount rests in the pores of brick and concrete, which also happen to provide microbes a perfect little home, treating with a fast-drying anti-fungal agent becomes an effective and cost-effective way to add significant protection to a property.

SERVPRO of Orland Park can help you protect your home with every stage of water removal services and beyond. We do more than mitigate damage; we help prevent it with effective measures that save you money. Call us today (708) 532-3377

Drying Out Your Property After A Flood

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

It may seem impossible to surmount the flood damage done to your Orland Park home after a storm blows through the area, but no matter how severe the situation may seem, SERVPRO is available on a 24/7 basis to help out. Our tools and training enable us to provide full-featured flood mitigation and restoration services even for large office buildings and industrial centers, and we provide the same quality and level of care to residential zones in the community as well. Call us up after a disaster, and you might expect to see some or all of these features of our service put to work in your home.

Innovative Technology

SERVPRO works hard to stay on the cutting edge of restorations technology nationally, providing our technicians with some of the most advanced tools on the market to evaluate and combat flood damage in Orland Park. From small digital tools like Thermo hygrometers that locate and identify spots of moisture deep within walls and materials, to large industrial machines such as air movers that create powerful, controlled wind currents within your home to whisk away moisture, our arsenal of equipment allows us to adapt to any situation and provide the care needed to get everything back to the way it was before the flood.

Rigorous Training

Every SERVPRO technician receives weeks of challenging certifications and job training before ever setting foot on a job site. However, even once an employee is accredited, their training is far from over. We structure our teams to make sure that no job site goes without veteran, experienced restoration professionals to oversee the situation and provide guidance through their years of experience and dozens of completed jobs. Through our combination of formal schooling and on-the-job experience gathering, every team we send to homes in the local area brings experience and accreditation with it.

SERVPRO of Orland Park helps local homeowners to recover from the effects of flood damage. If you or someone you know needs some assistance call us today (708) 532-3377.

Storms, Winds, Tree Limbs in Your Orland Park Home

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Multiple tornadoes came through our area this past week. High winds sent tree branches everywhere and days later a lot of homeowners are still cleaning up their yards and tarping their roofs from the damage. 

SERVPRO of Orland Park can help. We can inspect the damage and secure the structure by boarding up your window or protecting it with plastic sheeting. The techs can also check for additional breaches to the property such as a hole in the roof or a broken door and secure them as they did with the window. Securing your home helps prevent water from flowing into the house. Plus, it can protect against wildlife or unwanted visitors from entering the structure.

Next, our SERVPRO team can remove all excess water from the residence. This step helps to reduce further damages to your home. Quick water removal can also prevent wood rot and mold growth. When extracting water, the techs may employ truck-mounted, or portable extractors or commercial grade pumps to eliminate the water fast. The level of water inside the house helps determine what type of equipment the crew may utilize for the job.
 

Stormwater can also cause damage to the interior walls, floor tile, and ceilings.  If this happens, our skilled technicians may have to remove various wet materials such as drywall or insulation. If the job requires further construction though we can do substantial rebuilds, our techs can assist you in getting in touch with a qualified contractor. Since flood water is contaminated, our crew must discard all wet carpeting and padding as well as any furnishings or contents that come in contact with the water. During the drying process, the team may employ air movers and industrial axial fans to dry the affected areas thoroughly. The crew can also use dehumidifiers to eliminate moisture from inside the structure.

SERVPRO of Orland Park can restore your property to its preloss condition when possible.  Contact us today (708) 532-3377.

Flood Damage Remediation After A Storm

8/5/2020 (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 buffet your home for hours. Nearby tree limbs fall, break windows and cause a corner of the roof to collapse. The breach allows water to rush in through your attic and to the floors below, leaving you with flood damage throughout your Orland Park 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. 

 
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.

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

Cleaning Smoke Residue After A Chimney Fire

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

If you have a fireplace in your Chicago residence, you need to take care of your chimney on a regular basis. A build-up of creosote along the lining walls of the chimney can facilitate the beginnings of a fire in your chimney. Such a build-up is created by unburned materials in the smoke accumulating on the walls of the chimney and making a sticky substance which can catch fire quickly.

Annual inspections and cleanings are therefore a must for your chimney in your Chicago home. If you have still experienced a chimney fire and fire damage to your home, you should give our professionals at SERVPRO a call as soon as the fire is out. We can help you to clean up the mess the fire left behind, including making any necessary repairs.

Each fire progresses through steps, putting out both dry and wet smoke. Some fires make a large enough proportion of one kind of smoke to characterize the whole exposure as predominately dry or wet smoke. We use different cleaning methods to remove the different residues. Usually, wet smoke is more challenging to remove. A chimney fire can quickly spread throughout your home fast, so we could be dealing with various surfaces that have been affected.

A few factors determine whether smoke residues are dry or wet, including the rate of combustion, the kind of material that is burning, and how much oxygen is present during the fire. In many fires, the more oxygen which is available, the faster the combustion process is. Fast-burning fires with plenty of oxygen produce a dry smoke, and slow-moving fires without much oxygen make wet smoke.

More materials are restorable in conditions with dry smoke. It carries few aerosols and deposits small, dry particles. It does not stain surfaces as deeply as wet smoke, and it has a less pungent odor. SERVPRO techs use less aggressive cleaning procedures in these cases, but dry smoke usually occurs from hotter fires, which do more damage.

Our restoration efforts are more involved with wet smoke residues. Usually, they contain a high proportion of aerosols like solvents, varnishes, and other liquid components. Since the fire is moving slowly, it has its time to work its way into crevices and enclosed areas that generally would not be contaminated by a fire that is fast-burning. Hot, oily residues discolor plastic materials within minutes.

Many times, contents exposed to a smoldering fire and wet smoke cannot be restored. Even stripping and refinishing may not prove enough. Aerosols in wet smoke can soften, penetrate, and stained surfaces and burning plastics and rubbers making large, black particles which smudge or smear.

No matter the type of smoke damage done by the fire, SERVPRO of Orland Park does our best to restore everything that is salvageable, and we make repairs when needed to get your home back to its original state.  Just give us a call at (708) 532-3377 if you have had a fire in your home. 

Using The Right Water Extraction Tools

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Residential flooding does not always result in a submerged ground floor and occupants with very wet feet. In fact, in many cases we handle don’t involve huge amounts of standing water. Either the leak or fault is not severe enough to cause intensive water intrusion. Alternatively, the laws of physics have their way, and liquid water gets trapped in porous materials.

On the other hand, SERVPRO also has lots of experience dealing with severe cases of flood damage in Orland Park. When storm waters intrude upon a structure, the cleanup is different from a ground floor pipe bursts that cover the rooms in two inches of standing water; we are here to help you eliminate it quickly. To do this, we employ a range of straightforward and sophisticated extraction tools.

Weighted Compression
These tools work by, literally, squeezing the liquid out of fabrics (usually carpets). They use heavyweights (sometimes an operator stands on top) to push water out of the underlay and into an extraction machine. One such water extractor is called a Rover.

Vacuum Sealed Water Claw
Water claws are compatible with ‘carry-in,’ and truck-mounted pumps, but the latter is only present on-site in rare circumstances. The tool depends on the presence of water to construct a tight seal, so the SERVPRO technicians first extract as much liquid as possible from the underlay. Then, the process gets completed with a traditional carpet cleaning wand.

Traditional Carpet Wands
The more basic carpet cleaning wands are not as efficient at extracting liquid from subflooring and other types of fibrous materials. For this reason, SERVPRO only uses them in conjunction with other tools. Water mats also increase the suction surface of the carpet and are very effective in drawing moisture out from the seams of hardwood flooring. This also helps to dry out the supporting floor joists in a crawl space structure.

Hard Floor Squeegees
While tools like squeegees are quite simple, they can be an effective way to push excess water out and away from structural materials like hardwood, linoleum, and tile floors.

The Purpose of Extraction
The efficient and controlled extraction of standing water has a very positive impact on the overall drying process. It has a significant effect, for example, on the number of drying tools and the timeframes required to restore the home and contents to an optimal moisture equilibrium. Vacuum tools are the best form of standing water removal. The stronger the vacuum pressure and airflow, the more powerful the extraction equipment. For instance, truck-mounted devices have a much greater vacuum pressure than the more compact, portable tools, though the latter is a staple of most residential cases of flood damage.

SERVPRO of Orland Park has the expertise and skills you need to eliminate flood damage quickly. We service homeowners within the Orland Park area. Call us today (708) 532-3377

Fire Damage In Your Palos Heights Business

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire has been extinguished, assessment of the damage can begin. With fire damage also comes damage from smoke, soot, and the chemicals and water used by firefighters, as well as structural damage. Some of this structural damage is caused by firefighters as they put the fire out.

Beginning as soon as possible after such a catastrophic event can save time and money in the future. While repairs may take months to complete, waiting to begin can allow many situations to worsen, leading to even longer time periods for completion and increased damages overall.

SERVPRO understands that there is more than your productivity at stake – worker safety, inventory, and ability to continue production in the near future are also important, in addition to re-establishing the integrity of your business and salvaging the contents inside. We restore more than buildings – we also strive to keep other businesses in our area functional and capable of surviving the worst catastrophes.

Fire and intense heat damage different materials in a myriad number of ways. Much depends on how your warehouse was made, but also known to be crucially important are the contents, including type, volume, and surface area. Knowing the facts pertinent to a warehouse's fire helps us in every step, from clean-up to the final restorative touches.

SERVPRO of Orland Park is capable of total restoration and clean-up. If you have experienced a fire in your building call us today (708) 532-3377.

Water Damage In Your Oak Forest Business

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is trained and prepared to deal with any water damage emergency in your business. We can handle light bathroom overflows to catastrophic flooding across the entire property. We are an industrial-scale cleanup and restoration company with the equipment and logistics necessary to handle large projects quickly and efficiently, ensuring that your doors open sooner and with less cost than without our help.

Our large and well-rounded staff allows us to take on these situations alone and avoid hiring additional contractors. Keeping the operation centralized and under a single company helps to decrease costs and paperwork and maybe a preferred option by your insurance provider. In some cases, we may bring in specialists to handle specific situations beyond our expertise, but these cases are only a small portion of our commercial work.

Some types of water damage may create situations in which standard restoration techniques could be hazardous, and few companies can adapt to changing scenarios like SERVPRO.

We keep certified technicians and specialized equipment on-hand 24 hours per day to combat unexpected and extraordinary circumstances we encounter in the field and can employ these as needed if any hazards are present at the job site. Our technicians are also certified to operate in and around biohazard areas for more serious incidents.

SERVPRO of Orland Park serves a large local area by responding quickly to any reports of fire, water, or mold damage in the local area.  Call us for our services or a quote at (708) 532-3377.

Water Damage To The Belongings In Your Home

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Your home is more than just four walls and a roof. You and your family have things in it that you consider being special. Memories, trophies, gifts from loved ones – they all have a special place, a secure and protected place, inside your home, safe from damaging threats of the outside world.

Leaks from water lines or appliances inside your home can release water that can damage your furnishings and those prized possessions. This damage can take place in moments when books and magazines are saturated, or over a period of a few hours or days when it involves Grandma's antique quilts stored in the basement. Depending on the source of the water and the location, things can become soggy and wet fast.

The water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO can preserve your belongings by drying them out, along with other restorative techniques. Our equipment covers a wide range of possible needs when disasters involving water happen in your home. Repairing a home's structure is not the only aspect of restoration we provide. Our IICRC training includes approved methods of cleaning and restoring upholstery, drapes, carpets and rugs, and other home furnishings made from textiles.

Upholstered cushions with textured weaves are often made from various fibers. If these are not cared for correctly, the different components can dry unevenly. These need to be dried in a special way and possibly stretched while trying to retain their correct lengths. Soft but stiff brushes can also be necessary when restoring cushions so that their original naps are also maintained.

Special keepsakes such as antique quilts and wall-hangings can be taken to our site and laundered and dried with special equipment. These are often too large to be handled adequately in a home's washer and dryer. Placing them inside a unit that is too small can result in shredded fabric. Reading materials can be dried rapidly so that the curling of pages is minimized, but it is rare when books or magazines are completely undamaged by contact with water. We can ensure that the moisture content of paper-related items is within normal moisture content levels before they are returned to you so that secondary water damage is not a concern.

Let us help you restore your home's contents after water damage has affected your home.  Call SERVPRO of Orland Park (708) 532-3377 at any time of the day or night. We are always available to answer your call, and we will consult with you regarding the situation.