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How Much Do You Know About Your Sump Pump?

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

If you have a sump pump, most the time you don't realize how important it is until it stops working.  Power outages, failure and a sump pump that cannot handle the capacity are common problems.  Another is knowing how old is your sump pump?? Avoid potential problems by doing routine inspections or replacing your old sump pump. Usually sump pumps should be replaced every 5 years or according to manufacturers guidelines and each year the sump, switch and float should be inspected as well.  Pay attention to how often the sump pump is running and if it runs regularly or there is a higher water table, consider a sump pump with higher horsepower.  

Another way to increase the pump's efficiency and prolong life is to clean your sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris routinely. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace and also be aware in the winter the discharge line may freeze bringing the water back into your house.  Regular checks can make sure you don't ever get surprised by your sump pump!

Detecting Water Leaks

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

With any leak or spill, it’s the water you don't see that can cause the most damage. In order to find that materials that are wet we mainly rely on a Moisture Meter. There are two types, pin-type and pinless.  Pin-type Moisture Meters measure the resistance between test pins inserted into a piece of wood/building material and use that reading as a proxy for the object’s absolute moisture level. Pinless Moisture Meters rely on the ability of moisture to inductively distort an electric field created by turning on the meter.  This sounds like a bunch of scientific talk, and it is!  But mainly the moisture meters will tell you when something is wet and how wet, so you can find any hidden wet spots in your home.  While the surface may seem dry, the water you don’t see can contain bacteria, cause mold or rot, and cause other unseen damage that must be mitigated immediately.

Call SERVPRO of Orland Park if you need help detecting water in your home or business call us today (708) 532-3377

The Unexpected Danger Of Water In Your Home

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

This time of year it can rain unexpectedly and leave a large amount of water behind causing your home or business to flood. With the most recent storm that passed through our area, that is exactly what happened. Many area businesses and homes flooded and in some homes the water reached over 4 feet high because once it entered the home it had nowhere else to go. 

In one house in particular, the water level reached an electrical panel that had not been shut off. This caused the panel to explode and the entire back of the home was engulfed in flames within seconds. This seems impossible but it does happen. Electric and water do not mix. Luckily everyone was able to escape the home safely and without injury.  

What could they have done to prevent this? If you ever notice there is water in your home, identify the source of the water.  If it is coming from a pipe or appliance you can turn off the water in your home.  If the water is coming from an outside source you cannot control, such as a flood, have the electric company safely turn off the power to your home. 

If you have flood or fire damage in your home we can help (708) 532-3377

Fire Damage In Orland Park

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

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 us today (708) 532-3377

Water Damage In Your Orland Park Church

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage In Your Orland Park Church Call SERVPRO of Orland Park for assistance with your water damage.

Accidents happen all the time, but there are many instances in which they can be costly mistakes or take time to repair.  Most churches are rarely used regularly throughout the week. Something as fundamental as forgetting to turn off the water in a faucet could have catastrophic results before someone returns a couple days later.

Mostly, churches have relied on the volunteer work of people to handle repairs or help clean up messes that might occur within the building. In situations involving substantial water damage to your church, you can easily see the need for professional action.  SERVPRO has the tools and resources to quickly rectify the damages and get the area ready for use. 

Our experienced and professional SERVPRO team can work quickly from the time that you call to assess the extent of the damage and put together a plan to restore the area. Communication is an active component of the process, helping you to both understand the restoration process as well as listening to your concerns. By working closely with your priorities and suggestions, our team operates efficiently to make the problem “Like it never even happened.” 

You can reach us anytime, day or night (708) 532-3377

Smoke Damage In Your Palos Park Home

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Damage In Your Palos Park Home Call SERVPRO today for assistance with smoke odor removal

Smoke damage can often be one of the most widespread effects to contend with in your home after a fire disaster. While there are many other concerns, such as structural weaknesses that often take precedent for restoration and mitigation, restoring damage to your property should be a focus of whatever professional outfit you choose. Our team can arrive quickly to help lessen the damage and prolonged impact of a fire emergency, and work to eliminate the presence of smoke damage.

Smoke damage often depends on the type of smoke that affected your home throughout the fire. Dry smoke results from high heat, but is also a residue that is much easier for our SERVPRO technicians to clean with dry and wet sponges on the coated surfaces. Wet smoke leaves a thick residue on surfaces and contents, which often requires specialized equipment to clean and deodorize fully.  The heat generated by a house fire plays a key role in the actual penetration of soot particles into porous materials like drywall and fabrics.

Indoor air quality is also a primary focus for our SERVPRO professionals dispatched to your home once the first responders have left. We work quickly to establish our purification equipment such as air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to run the available air through HEPA filters over time to begin pulling smoke particles and soot from the environment and reducing hazards or risks of exposure without respirators.

Smoke can provide many damaging effects after a fire emergency.  Our SERVPRO of Orland Park emergency response team has the expertise and tools to help.  Give us a call today (708) 532-3377.

Fire Damage In Your Orland Park Home

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage In Your Orland Park Home When fire damage strikes your home or business, we strike back

Unexpected disasters can leave your home or business heavily damaged and in desperate need of restoration.  Preserving your property is not something that a homeowner should do on their own.  Our team can arrive quickly to help you recover from a fire. 

From the moment that our experienced professionals arrive at your home or business, we set out to learn all that we can about the damage your home has experienced and what steps are necessary to return it to preloss condition.  

A home fire is a rare occurrence for any given individual so you may not be aware of how advanced SERVPRO’s restoration skills are. If you face rooms full of blackened and soot-coated possessions a first impulse can be to discard them, despairing of them ever functioning or looking the same again. Replacing items is costly and sometimes impossible when they are heirlooms or other treasured belongings. 

The strategies the SERVPRO production team members master at IICRC training and perfect through years of experience bring your fire damaged objects back to life. If, as is common after a fire, your books and documents show water damage as well, we use innovative techniques such as freeze-drying to recover them. We are a full-service restoration company and handle all types of disaster recovery well, including working with your insurance company at every stage.

Call SERVPRO of Orland Park today (708) 532-3377

Severe Storm Damage Can Cause Flooding To Your Orland Park Home

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

The Orland Park area has seen significant amounts of rainfall over the past couple months.  The more severe the weather event, the more significant the water damage is that results in the affected area of your home. 

Extraction of the water is paramount to preventing further structural damages, and based on the location of the affected area, our SERVPRO team utilizes either portable pumps or truck-mounted pumps to address this primary concern. Drying efforts typically get achieved with the use of air movers. Infrared scanning is another part of our assessment, to make sure that further water damages are not persisting out of sight.

Flood damages might not seem like a natural threat to your home, but it can and does happen. If your home experiences storm damage that results in flooding, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Orland Park (708) 532-3377. Our experienced emergency response team is available 24/7.

Using Dry Sponges To Clean After A Fire

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

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?
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Storm Damage In Bridgeview

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

A storm can hit any town unexpectedly leaving behind even a larger disaster than fire or water damage can cause because it is not limited to one building.  SERVPRO is ready to help. Our 24 hour, 7 day a week on call staff are trained and ready with equipment fully ready and waiting at our facilities to roll out the minute we get the call to help. We are able to extract water that has infiltrated areas that it is not supposed to be, or clean up a back up that has occurred from storm water.  We provide services to both residential and commercial businesses and we have the resources to handle multiple calls all at once.  We are here to help ease some of the stress that occurs when a disaster happens. Know that when you make the call to SERVPRO we are making it "Like it never even happened."