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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.

4/27/2020

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

SERVPRO of Orland Park Is Faster To Your Water Damage Event

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

List of services SERVPRO of Orland Park provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service
 

Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we.  SERVPRO of Orland Park provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week-including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Orland Park arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (708) 532-3377

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Orland Park

SERVPRO of Orland Park specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or 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.

When A Fire Happens - What Should You Do First?

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen Fire Recovery can be a mentally and physically draining process when home fires happen. Let SERVPRO help! 24/7! Call Us!

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. 

Ask The Experts: Grilling Safety Tips (Part 2 of 2)

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Last week we started off a list of safety tips to keep your summer grilling a fun experience for all involved. Today we finish up this list with a few more tips! Check it out and share it with your friends and family!

- For gas grills check for leaks before it is used for the first time every year.
- If you smell gas when using a gas grill, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department.
- Use only charcoal starter fluid to start a charcoal grill.
- Let charcoal cool completely before disposing of in a metal container.  When disposing make sure the area is inaccessible for children and pets.


Make sure all grilling memories are great memories, use caution when grilling! If disaster does strike, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Orland Park a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get things back to "Like it never even happened."