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We Have Cleaning Products for Any Situation

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orland Park has many different types of cleaning products.  Whether you have had a sewage backup, a fire, found mold, blood or graffiti. The scientists at SERVPRO have specially formulated products to take care of your unique situation. We have products stocked on our shelves at all times and are ready to make it "Like it never even happened."  Our technicians are trained to safely and properly use these products to treat even the most stubborn of situations.  We also use environmentally friendly "green" products as well.  You can depend on SERVPRO to take care of you, your home, business, carpets, furniture, etc.  We are available 24/7 so give us a call today for whatever cleaning need you may have encountered.  (708) 532-3377

Fire Safety In Your Orland Park Business

3/15/2019 (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. 

Attic Mold In Orland Park

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

One of the most common phone calls we get are from concerned residents who think they have found mold in their home. The first question that we ask them is if it is visible or not? The second question is where is the mold located?

At least half of our customers who call regarding mold are in the process of selling their homes and an inspector has found mold in their attic.  Mold in your attic can be caused from a number of reasons. Improper ventilation system from a bathroom or a leaky roof are the top 2 causes. Most people usually do not inspect their attic unless they notice something visible on an interior ceiling, a musty smell or if they store items up there.  

If you see signs of mold, call us today (708) 532-3377.  For more information on our mold services you can click here: Mold Remediation and Restoration.

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists Can Restore Your Orland Park Home

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. They have established the reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.  These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals. 

Every five years the standards are reviewed and updated.  The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefor the standards must evolve to keep pace. 

At SERVPRO of Orland Park, we believe in continuous training: firm initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC industry certification. You can rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

Floor Drying Systems

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Orland we know that every water damage event is a little different and may require a unique solution, but the general process stays the same.  We take pride in helping our clients maintain the integrity and structure of their belongings. 

When a large area of wood floors is affected, we have specialty systems to dry them without removing the entire floor. Replacing an entire floor can be very costly.  Wood can easily warp and begin to separate in a short period of time when affected by water.  Our inject a dry system uses a special mat with hoses and air movers attached to dry underneath the floor.  

We take pride in helping our clients maintain the integrity and structure of their belongings. Returning our customers lives back to normal as quickly as possible is our number one concern. 

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!