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Sump Pump Maintenance

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Our area has not seen much rain in the past couple of weeks so the last thing on your mind is to check your sump pump.  A quick checkup on it might prevent water damage to your basement in the future. 

  • Check that the unit is plugged in and the breaker is not tripped. 
  • Make sure the float is free of any debris and away from the side wall which may prevent it from working properly. 
  • Check the inlet and make sure that it is free of any debris that could prevent it from pumping the water out. 
  • Check the area where the sump pump drains to ensure that it is far enough from the foundation so that water will not leak right back in. 

An easy way to test if its working is to fill the pit with enough water to reach the float and this should trigger the sump pump to start pumping. 

If you do experience water damage in your basement call us (708) 532-3377

Removing Rain Water From Basement

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Back in May, our area sustained a substantial amount of rainfall in a short amount of time. When this happens, water can infiltrate a home or business very quickly.  Most of the time it is a problem in the basement of a home or crawlspace. If you live on a slab, however, you may end up with rain water on the main level of your home. 

Water can seep in under garage doors, around improperly sealed windows or through cracks in the cement foundation or walls.  Water will always travel the path of least resistance. 

If you find yourself with water and you don't know where to start, SERVPRO of Orland Park is here to help.  We have several different methods of extracting the water.  It is extremely important to remove the water as quickly as possible to prevent further damage. 

Call us today (708)532-3377

Cleaning Your Home After A Fire

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

When fire damage affects your home or business, SERVPRO of Orland Park is here to help.  Our technicians are IICRC certified and specialize in structure and content cleaning.  The first process in cleaning the structure is to remove the soot residue.  We use dry sponges in order to do this.  In order to reach high areas, such as the ceiling, we will attach the dry sponge to an extension pole.  The dry sponge can be used to wipe down soot that is anywhere in the structure.  These sponges contain special chemicals that absorb the soot without getting the sponge wet.  

Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. If you have had fire or smoke damage in your home or business call us today (708) 532-3377

Commercial Damage Restoration

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

As an owner, the last thing that you would ever want to think about is any sort of damage happening to the building that your business is located. We understand that every hour a business is down means revenue is being lost. Our 24/7 response provides immediate mitigation to prevent further damage.  Technicians are on call 24 hours a day and when you call our office, you will get a member of our office staff and not an answering service.  Fast turnaround can help prevent further damage occurring to your structure. 

As fire and water restoration specialists, we have the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your business.  We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your business to preloss condition. 

Call us today (708)532-3377

Commercial Water Damage

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Your business may be located in one of the older buildings in our area that have a basement.  If you do not store anything down there, there probably is not a need for you to check your basement very often.

This is what happened to the business owner that is located in the building of this picture.  There are even cob webs hanging from the ceiling. The last time our area had heavy rains, this basement flooded because the sump pump had not been working properly.  

If you do happen to have a basement located under your business, it may be a good idea to check it often to make sure that your sump pump IS working and that there is no standing water down there.  

If you do find water in the basement of your home or business, call us today (708)532-3377 we can help!

Flood Damage To Homes and Businesses

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orland Park is here to help!

The Chicago South Suburban areas luckily do not see flooding too often. However, this past May around Memorial Day, Oak Lawn did get hit with some flooding.The entire area had heavy rains for days on end and the street sewer systems could not keep up. This caused many homes and businesses to flood. 

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are constantly monitoring the weather and anticipating such storm events. Immediate action and a fast response can lessen the damage and limit restoration costs.  Our crews make sure we have our trucks all packed with the supplies and equipment needed for your flood emergency.

A fast response is crucial to flooding and storm damage, because it reduces secondary damage and restoration costs. Storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Our technicians will respond immediately, day or night, to help Orland Park business owners and residents.

If you have experienced flooding or water damage in your home call us today (708)532-3377.

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