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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.

When Disaster Strikes Your Orland Park Commercial Business

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Some commercial business owners treat property issues as part of doing business, but dealing with Palos Park flood damage can be sometimes problematic.  Flood damage can destroy inventory, stock, supplies, office furniture, documents and electronic equipment as well as cause structural damage.  Also, there could be potential health effects arising from contaminated water and possible mold contamination.  SERVPRO suggests the following to help mitigate water damage to your business facility. 

In many cases, flood damage results from the effects of a storm.  There are several types of water damage that can result from storm surges. Some of them include:

• Building displacement or damage
• Mold growth in commercial properties within walls or HVAC systems
• Damage to coastal rail lines, highways, or roads resulting in less accessibility for transportation
• Loss of business, closed doors means lost commercial cash flow, less rent, and loss of customer traffic 

How to Save on Flood Damage Restoration 

Have a flood insurance program? By purchasing business interruption insurance, you can gain reimbursement for a claim and lessen the impact of no revenue stream and thus lower your total costs. SERVPRO is recognized as a preferred vendor by many insurance and management companies. We can help speed the process of water damage restoration. The best way to reduce or prevent damages generated by storm surges is to implement strategies before the onset of hurricane season. Here are some strategies you should implement:

• Build higher. If you own your commercial building, consider the value of finding the property's base flood elevation and building above it. Hire a structural engineer to offer a plan to reinforce your commercial property.
• Place valuables higher. If your building contains more than one floor, be sure to move valuable assets, technical equipment, and computers to the second floor.
• Invest in preventative installations. Be sure to install some back-flow valves in the property's sewer lines. These valves will prevent city sewage from flowing into your property in the event of a storm surge. Have available access to water surge barricading materials such as sandbags. Also, be sure to elevate electrical systems such as extension cords above the region's flood level. You can also utilize cinder blocks to raise your appliances and most valuable assets above anticipated flood levels.
• Select fast-drying material. Carpeting and wet drywall are susceptible to damage from mold. These porous-surfaced building materials normally require discarding after flooding due to contaminants and mold growth. Build or replace with stone products, tile and no cardboard backed gypsum materials. 

To ensure your Palos Heights commercial property can withstand water damage resulting from floods be sure to implement the strategies outlined above.  Post flooding, the most urgent action is to extract the standing water from the premises. Our company has the equipment, training, and expertise to dry out your building, repair material damage, clean, and sanitize your business. Our IICRC-certified professionals are skilled in thoroughly restoring your property to its previous safe, sanitary condition. "Like it never even happened." Let's get you open for business.

How To Help Reduce the Risk of Fire Injury If You Know Someone Who Is A Hoarder

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

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 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

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup

5/16/2022 (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

Why SERVPRO? The Latest and the Greatest

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Orland Park has more than 20 different types of cleaning equipment available to tackle any type of job? In addition to the many types of fans, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, and vacuums we have specialized equipment designed to dry underneath hardwood floors without damaging the floor as well as equipment to dry behind walls.

No job is too small or big for us, our well-trained crews have the know-how to provide professional, quality work and are available 24/7 to respond to any size emergency.

Fire damage and flooded basements are our specialties. We are only a phone call away and always available to answer any questions you may have regarding the process, the cleaning products or equipment.

If your home or business has been affected by fire or water damage call us today - (708) 532-3377

SERVPRO is here for you when your commercial building suffers a loss from a disaster

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

If you are a business owner, you may feel like you have a lot to lose if a fire were to occur in your business.  

Many fires can be avoided if employees are trained properly on how to prevent them. According to OSHA if fire extinguishers are available, it is the business owner's responsibility to educate employees on how to properly use one.  The training should be provided when the employee is initially hired and then once a year for a refresher. 

Most fire extinguishers operate using the P.A.S.S. technique:

1. PULL the pin.

2. AIM low, at the base of the fire. 

3. SQUEEZE the handle to activate.

4. SWEEP from side to side at the base of the fire until the fire is out. 

If you experience a fire in your home or business call us today (708) 532-3377. 


Trust In SERVPRO To Respond Immediately To Your Emergency

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orland Park provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Orland Park.  We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.  

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment. 

Have Questions? Call us 24/7 - (708) 532-3377

Residential Services

Whether your Orland Park home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

SERVPRO of Orland Park Specializes In Water-Related Cleanup & Restoration Services

4/27/2022 (Permalink)


Chicago is called the "windy city" but sometimes it feels like it should be called the "city of flooded basements."  Over the past few years, there has been an increase of flooding in the Chicago area and that's worth paying attention to. 

When it comes to water damage, it can cost you more if you ignore it.  Most homeowners and business owners only think of the costs of replacing products, equipment and personal property.  But what about those other costs?  You also have to consider costs that you might pay such as rent, loans, wages, etc. Not to mention your business would lose operating profit from not being open and the inconvenience of having to relocate. 

SERVPRO of Orland Park specializes in water-related cleanup and restoration services.  We have completed numerous restoration projects in the Orland Park area.  Our technicians are thoroughly trained both on-site as well as classroom instruction on restoration best practices. 

Here are a few of the water damage restoration services we provide:

  • Water removal
  • Cleanup
  • Damage restoration
  • Clothing restoration
  • Electronics repair
  • Deodorization and carpet cleaning
  • Photo documentation of the site
  • Insurance coordination

Disasters don't happen on a regular 9am-5pm schedule, so our services don’t either! SERVPRO of Orland Park is available to you 24/7.  If your home or business has recently experienced flooding or water damage, call us today!

SERVPRO of Orland Park Can Help With Disinfecting & Cleaning

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

With the pandemic of COVID-19 spreading across the state of Illinois, residents are looking at their living and work conditions more closely.  

SERVPRO of Orland Park can help with disinfecting and cleaning both after contact with the disease or as a preventative measure. With our present experience with other harmful microorganisms and bacteria present in sewage backups and other biohazardous threats to structures, our technicians already possess much of the training, equipment, and disinfection processes necessary to protect your home. 

The techs make safety for all a priority and wear complete physical protection as well as set up containment whenever necessary to halt the potential for cross-contamination during cleanup since the CDC theorizes that the coronavirus may spread via airborne transmission. 

If you are looking for assistance with cleanup in your residence or business please call us today for more information (708) 532-3377. We are here to help!