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Water Damage In your Oak Forest Home

1/17/2020 (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 Oak Forest home, please contact us (708) 532-3377.

We are available 24/7!

Fire Sprinkler Water Damage In Your Business

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire sprinklers are an important safety feature in any commercial building. Hotels, multi-unit buildings such as apartments, condos and university  residence halls are just a few examples of where you might find them.  In just a few minutes hundreds of gallons of water pour out across the floors and then can quickly run down to the lower levels as the water flows down. It only takes just a short amount of time and the property damage can be substantial, and could need a great deal of cleanup and restoration. The faster that you act, the less chance there is of the damage spreading. 

SERVPRO of Orland Park is available 24/7 365 days a year to assist you with your water damage emergency in your home or business.  Call us today (708) 532-3377 

Hiring a Water Damage Restoration Company

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

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 Customer Testimonial

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

We are always happy to get feedback from our customers!

Great job to our Crew Chief's Jon and Ron and their crew who helped them mitigate this customers water loss in an Oak Lawn apartment basement.  The building suffered water damage to the storage units in the basement leaving many occupant's items damaged and unsalvageable. Our crew took care of the cleanup and drying out the structure. We were happy to have such a satisfied customer. 

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Orland Park Residents: We Specialize In Smoke Damage Contents Restoration

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

The damages that fire can cause are, of course, significant and devastating.  Smoke is a big issue as well and can be very hard to get rid of.  In the even of a fire in your home, you can be left with a mess that requires the help of professional who know how to deal with residue left behind and that smell.  

The acidity of smoke and soot can make them difficult to remove and they contain particles that are harmful to breathe, so its going to be essential to clean the smoke damage completely out of your contents if possible. 

Electronics that have been damaged by fire often present serious hazards. No device should be turned on if it could possibly have been damaged by fire.  Smoke residue contains certain acids that corrode metal surfaces. Taking prompt action will prevent further damage to your devices.

When you have suffered a fire, handling the damages following that fire can be overwhelming.  SERVPRO of Orland Park is here to help you clean for your belongings and premises during this process. 

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!