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When Coming Back From Vacation Turns Into A Nightmare

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

Fall is here! While the crips autumn temps haven’t officially arrived, and the pumpkin spice isn’t yet flowing the level we would like, Chicagoland residents know that the cold months are just around the corner, and the idea of heading to warmer climates for a vacation has already started to whisper in the ear of many people in our area.

So why are we talking about a winter vacation where the weather hasn’t even turned cold yet? We have some great tips for you to right down and follow through on so your fun vacation doesn’t trunk into a nightmare when you return home!

First of all, if you are vacationing during the cold months, it is a good idea to close the "main" water shut off. Unless you have a humidifier connected to your HVAC system that requires water when the furnace turns on, shutting the main water supply off when you are away is a good practice. We have encountered many frozen pipes that have done major damage when people are away during cold spells. Also, don't turn the heat off or down too low. It is vital for your entire home that it doesn’t get too cold indoors, and this simple trick of turning down the heat a little, but not too much, will potentially save you a lot of money by helping to prevent the bitter cold from permeating your pipes, walls and interior construction. 

If you do come back from vacation to a disaster, call SERVPRO of Orland Park! We are faster to any disaster and are here to get you back to “Like it never even happened.” 

Storm Season Brings Havoc and Uncertainty, But SERVPRO Is Here For You In Orland Park

10/2/2021 (Permalink)

The dreaded tornado siren blares. You hear it and wonder to yourself “is it a test?” “Should I be concerned?”

You look outside and see the ominous dark clouds and the spinning vortex that you have observed many times on TV and in the movies. This is happening! What do you do?

This situation repeats itself many times each year in the USA and in the Midwest especially.Tornadoes are one of the most feared storms/disasters because their strong winds can cause devastating damage to entire towns, and they are completely arbitrary at times with how they damage strikes. 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 who can arrive in a timely manner and can get you back preloss conditions. SERVPRO of Orland Park is here for you whether it be to assist after a storm, flood or fire! Call us today! 

Flooding Woes? SERVPRO of Orland Park Is Here For You

10/2/2021 (Permalink)

Water from flooding can tend to seem random and the damage can appear to be unpredictable. Flood water is not only destructive and almost always unplanned, it can lead to some very serious danger that you need to be aware of! 

Homes can be susceptible to gas leaks, fires, structural damage and other additional disasters even when damage is relatively light, as floodwaters may combine with other issues to create a dangerous situation. 

If you are going to enter a situation where flooding has occurred, it is important to be alert at all times when inspecting the flood damaged area. If you have encountered a strong smell, be sure to tell your SERVPRO technician right away and describe the odor.  Smells are one way to identify a potentially deadly gas leak, or mold growth. These odors will usually be foul, but most importantly, they stand out from others. 

If you experience any flooding or odors in your home call SERVPRO of Orland Park today! We are faster to any disaster and are here to get you back to “Like it never even happened.” (708) 532-3377 

Don't Be Worried If You Aren't Sure How To Prevent Mold In Your Business - Call SERVPRO

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Mold in floor Do you have mold in your commercial building? Call SERVPRO of Orland Park today (708) 532-3377
 

The last thing any business owner wants to worry about it Mold or someone getting sick from the effects of it. 

Mold can grown on a variety of materials including drywall, carpeting, fabrics and wood.  Some commercial buildings are designed to maintain a constant interior temperature.  Due to this, there can be favorable conditions for mold growth. 

Tips

  1. Routinely inspect the building for water damage, moisture or mold.
  2. Any damages or leaks should be repaired immediately.
  3. Proper housekeeping in all areas of the building to keep it dry.
  4. Have HVAC duct systems inspected routinely to ensure they are free of moisture. 
  5. The System coils and drip pans in the HVAC system should be cleaned regularly.
  6. Check the HVAC air intakes and try to keep them away from where there is any standing water. 

All of these are tips & ideas to prevent the growth of mold in commercial buildings, but cannot guarantee mold will not grow. 

SERVPRO of Orland Park understand the importance of keeping your business open. If you suspect you have mold or water damage in your building call us right away to schedule a free inspection. We are available 24/7 for any emergency and will be at your location within the hour. 

You can reach us at (708) 532-3377

Thinking About Hosting A Barbecue And Firing Up The Grill?

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

Hamburgers on a grill If you have recently experienced a fire in your home or business, call us today (708) 532-3377
 

If you are told to picture fire damage, you might visualize flames roaring through a house leaving only black debris in its path. 

Household fires can start in various ways, especially during the hot summer months when people are hosting barbecues and firing up their grill.  

There are potential sources of fire all throughout a household that many homeowners tend to overlook. Here are a few safety tips to prevent fire in several different areas of you home:

  • Dryers
    • Clean out the lint buildup on the lint filter after every load of laundry.
    • Only dry items that are safe to be put in a dryer.
  • Fire Pits
    • When building a fire pit strategically place it at least 10 feet from any structure.
    • Build your fire pit on a solid surface that is away from overhanging trees.
    • NEVER leave the fireplace unattended.
  • Gas Grills
    • Place the grill outside, at a reasonable distance from the house.
    • Constantly check the grill’s propane hoses durability.
    • Never light a gas grill with the lid closed.

If you have recently experienced a fire in your home or business, call SERVPRO today at (708) 532-3377 - 24 Hours/7 Days A Week! 

Did You Know? SERVPRO Uses Sponges To Clean After A Fire!

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Men Cleaning SERVPRO uses a special dry sponge on surfaces such as drywall.

 

Soot from fire damage should not initially be cleaned up with water.  SERVPRO uses a special dry sponge on surfaces such as drywall.   It is made of a natural rubber and used like an eraser.  Once the surface of the sponge is dirty, it has to be discarded and cannot be cleaned or reused.  The sponges are very porous and hold a remarkable amount of soot. After wiping the fine particles of the soot off the surface, then it can be wet washed.  

There is no substitute for training and experience. As fire and water damage specialists, our business is built upon fire and water restoration expertise. We have the knowledge and the specialized equipment to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

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

SERVPRO Is Your #1 Locally Owned & Trusted Restoration Company

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Water In Need of a Water Damage Restoration Company? Call SERVPRO! We are the best!
 

When you suffer water damage, it is time to think about the restoration.  This involves cleaning of the excess water in your home while at the same time repairing your home to its former state.   It is important that you start with the restoration, repair and cleanup as soon as possible to prevent further damage. 

The reason why you should consider hiring a restoration company such as SERVPRO, is we will be able to handle the cleanup faster than if you were doing it by yourself. Our technicians are certified in water damage restoration and involved in on going training.

SERVPRO of Orland Park is locally owned and a trusted leader in the restoration industry. If you or someone you know has experienced water or fire damage in their home call us today (708) 532-3377

SERVPRO Specializes In Flood Damage & Disaster Remediation

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Roof Damage Flooding after a big storm can be devastating to you and your family. Partner with SERVPRO for skilled remediation and restoration efforts.

Flooding after a big storm can be devastating to you and your family. Partner with SERVPRO for skilled remediation and restoration efforts.

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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

SERVPRO Fire Restoration Services Can Help Restore Your Home

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Our fire restoration services can help restore your home.
 

The fire in your basement fireplace did not destroy your property, but there are strong smoke odors and heavy soot residue on many furniture items as well as on the floor, walls, and ceiling. Contacting professionals for a job like this can help prevent further damage to your personal belongings and your home. We can restore your residence to its pre-fire state when possible.

Our certified technicians can use dry sponges to remove soot and ash from tables and other surfaces in the affected areas in the basement. If necessary, we may use cleaning solutions to remove dirt and residue from various surfaces like floors, walls, and ceilings. Burned contents such as curtains, clothing, and throw rugs can cause odors, which is why we remove them from the structure. With your permission, the crew can throw away all burnt items. The team can clean and sanitize any items we save and pack-out, categorize, label, and store them off-site until they finish restoring your home.

Removing charred furniture and cleaning surfaces may not always eliminate smoke odors. The techs may also have to utilize industrial-strength odor removal deodorizers to get rid of pungent smells from soft materials such as drapes, carpet, and upholstery. Thermal foggers can also be put to use to eradicate thick smoke aromas. It may become necessary to employ a portable ozone machine to neutralize and remove lingering smoke smells. If we use this piece of equipment, you must vacate the home until we complete the job. You can trust our crews to deem the air quality inside your property to be at a safe level before you return home.

SERVPRO of Orland Park can help restore your fire-damaged home. If you experience a fire emergency in the area, call us right away at (708) 239-1444. We are close by and hare to serve you in your time of need. 

SERVPRO Is Equipped With The Knowledge To Restore Your Property

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Water In Building 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.

Certifications

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