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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.

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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."

Ask The Experts: Grilling Safety Tips (Part 1of 2)

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Now that summer is in full swing, so is grilling season! In order to prevent a trip to the emergency room or a visit from SERVPRO of Orland Park for fire damage, please follow these helpful tips.

- All grills should be used outdoors away from the house, eaves, railings, and overhanging branches.
- Keep the grill free of grease buildup and never leave it unattended.
- Kids and pets should be at least 3 feet away from the grill at all times.

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."

Disaster times 4! How SERVPRO of Orland Park Was There For Our Military Men & Women

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

It isn't often you go through a serious disaster, let alone two. The military service members in Fort Polk, Louisiana though, went through 4 major disasters in just a few months. SERVPRO, was there to help them in their time of need! Over 10,000 military service members and their families, were affected by the Category 4 Hurricanes Laura and Delta, which struck Louisiana in August and October of 2020, and in between that, Tropical Storm Beta, which delivered hurricane-level winds, rain, and flooding. Then, when things seemed to be over, in February of 2021, they suffered through an uncharacteristically severe ice storm that led to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issuing a Louisiana Disaster Declaration in March 2021.  In partnership with Corvias Property Management, nine SERVPRO franchises were able to assist in repairing the interiors of more than 800 occupied homes. "We were honored to be called on by the fine folks at Corvias Property Management to assist the brave military men and women in their hour of need," said Frank Zubricki, owner of SERVPRO of Orland Park. "When I think of all that these amazing folks have done for us, it was a privilege to be a part of this cleanup and repair effort, and we are so heartened to have been able to play a part in getting these families lives back to normal." When disaster strikes, SERVPRO is here to help. We are faster to any disaster and are ready to use our equipment, expertise, and experience to get things back to "Like it never even happened." To read more about the disasters in Louisiana, and the Corvias Property Management and SERVPRO response, click here to read the original press release."

Ask The Experts: What About The Smoke & Soot?

5/2/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Ask The Experts: What about when disaster strikes my business?

5/2/2021 (Permalink)

For many small business owners, their small business is their livelihood. Any disaster that happens to hurt the company can be detrimental to 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.

We are here for our community

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Our community consists of many businesses, schools, and other learning centers and is a melting pot of places of worship. We at SERVPRO of Orland Park take pride in being able to support them and the many organizations that depend on the kindness of donations and volunteers to thrive.

SERVPRO of Orland Park strives to build relationships by attending workshops, meet and greets, participating in local golf outings and hosting Lunch & Learns with our insurance agents.

Whilst our specialization is providing emergency cleanup services, we are here to provide the many business in our community with general cleanup services, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and vandalism clean up as well.

No matter how large or small the job may be or the time in which the disaster occurred you can count on SERVPRO of Orland Park to be there…fast.

For more information regarding the services we offer call us at (708) 532-3377

Ask The Experts: Being ready for the storm is a huge part of the battle!

4/27/2021 (Permalink)

Storms can happen at any time since as we all know the weather in the Chicago area can be unpredictable to say the least. Being prepared is a must so here is our recommended list:

  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First Aid Kit
  • Cellphone battery back up charger
  • Canned food
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Bottled Water
  • Blankets
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Battery Power Radio

Having these items may help keep panic at a minimum.  Keep these items in a safe place you can go in the event of any type of storm.  If you have a basement, or possibly in a bathroom closet if you do not have a basement. The canned food should have a long shelf life so be sure to check expiration dates at least once a year and replenish your supply if necessary. Also be sure to regularly test your batteries. 

Why SERVPRO? Experience, Expertise And Equipment!

4/20/2021 (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. 

So give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO? We are the water damage repair specialists

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Homeowners are no stranger to water damage. Whether a pipe bursts behind a wall or rain creates roof leaks that need fast resolution, the technicians at SERVPRO have industrial-grade equipment and years of expertise in the field. Emphasis is placed on effective mitigation to preserve property, assets, and structural integrity for homeowners.

Why SERVPRO?

Fast response and excellence in service are just the tip of the iceberg when a SERVPRO team comes to your home. Fully-certified disaster cleanup professionals can restore structures and property with the help of equipment and materials that can prevent warping, buckling, and cupping of sheetrock, drywall, and hardwood flooring. The team also handles charity work, aiding such organizations as the Sertoma Centre and the Children's Museum in Oak Lawn.

Top-of-the-Line Techniques & Tools

Because water damage is fast-acting and invasive, extraction starts when the SERVPRO team reaches your property. Technicians use a variety of industrial-grade tools to maximize precision and safety in ways that consumer fans, spray cleaners, and wet/dry vacuums cannot. These items include:

Advanced water detection methods, including the use of infrared cameras, hygrometers, and moisture sensors, to ensure thorough removal of moisture. These tools even allow technicians to evaluate damage behind walls and ceilings, or under floors.

Portable and truck-mounted extraction pumps to handle both small and large-scale disasters and facilitate faster drying.

Commercial-grade drying equipment, including air movers and dehumidifiers. These items work together to pull moisture off of surfaces and into the air. Moisture is then absorbed so it can be replaced with warm, dry air.

The team at SERVPRO of Orland Park is here to help. We are dedicated to bringing you reliable service 24/7. We're faster to any size disaster so your home can be restored quickly and properly.  If you need emergency service, call (708) 532-3377 today. 

Why SERVPRO? Listen to this client testimonial!

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Once again our crews received a glowing review from one of our customers. They suffered water damage in their basement after heavy rains hit the area. Our Project Managers will make sure that each and every customer understands the entire process from beginning to end. It always makes us happy to receive a review from a customer that appreciates it. 

Most homeowners that we encounter after a flood have never experienced anything like that in their home before and do not even know where to begin.  We always suggest to call your insurance company first, file a claim, and find out what your coverage is. Then the restoration process can begin to get your home back to how it was. 

SERVPRO of Orland Park is here to help 24/7 365 days a year. When you call our office after hours you will reach one of our on call Technicians ready to help you. 

If you have suffered water damage in your Orland Park Home, call us today (708) 532-3377 and we would be happy to schedule a free estimate for you. 

Why SERVPRO? Immediate Service!

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orland Park provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Orland Park.  We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.  

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment. 

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Residential Services

Whether your Orland Park home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

Ask The Experts: Assessing the needs

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

There are so many moving parts when water damage occurs. SERVPRO are the professionals and are here to help you through each and every step of the way. 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 can really be of assistance. In many cases we are able to 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!

Ask The Experts: Winter Weather Woes

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Winter weather can be frustrating. From 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 the restoration costs.

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 experienced flooding or water damage, call today (708) 532-3377

When Frozen Pipes Attack Your Home, SERVPRO of Orland Park Is Here For You

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Many different things can go wrong that can cause your pipes to freeze, but at the end of the day, the result is really the same; a disaster that you don't need, don't want, and don't have time for! Chicagoland is known for extreme temps, and with extreme temps comes the real possibility of your pipes freezing. Check out this article on several ways that your pipes could end up freezing, and if disaster does strike, don't go it alone! Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Orland Park. We are faster to any disaster and will make things "Like it never even happened."

https://www.builderonline.com/building/building-science/three-frozen-pipe-scenarios-and-what-went-wrong-in-each_o

When water attacks your home, SERVPRO is here for you!

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

When water attacks your home, it is never scheduled. Typically, you wake up in the middle of the night to a disaster, come home from work to a basement full of water, or come home after a vacation to a situation that you would have rather have not had to endure. 

So why exactly should you call SERVPRO?

1. We deal with water disasters every single day. There is not much we haven't seen and have the equipment, expertise, and experience to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

2. We are faster to any size disaster. Due to the large size of SERVPRO, we have the resources to call to help when a major disaster strikes. Also, we are a locally owned franchise, and we are also here to help you with the smaller disaster situations as well.

3. We are trained and certified! Many people might know the what but haven't experienced the how when it comes to fixing a situation. We are 100% ready to tackle whatever might come your way. 

So call us today! We are ready to get you back to your preloss condition today!  

Ask The Experts: The Importance of Fire Sprinklers

11/30/2020 (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 

Ask The Experts: When Disaster Strikes Your Business

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

The work done in an office needs focus and energy daily to stay running efficiently even when everything is going well. The last thing any business needs is a broken pipe or some other water intrusion disrupting your day to day and costing you valuable time. That is why hiring professionals like SERVPRO to assist with the water cleanup and restoration is one of the best moves you can make. 

Here at SERVPRO of Orland Park we know that the major concern for water cleanup in commercial buildings is speed. That is why we focus on arriving on the scene as quickly as possible, gather information on the loss, and taking measures to mitigate the water as quickly as possible. We focus on drying down your building and preventing odors or mold growth from cropping up. We do all this while making sure to communicate the process and status of the drying process to you and your company. Our whole goal in commercial water restoration is to make the process as brief and clear as possible for you and your company so you can get back to focusing on your work as scion as possible. 

So give us a call today! If disaster strikes, we are faster to any disaster! We are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Ask The Experts: Ways To Help Avoid Water Damage In Your Home or Business

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

Though some water damage is inevitable, there are things you can do to help avoid costly water damage in your home and business. While there is no guaranteed way to stop it from happening, following these guidelines may help reduce your risk of flooding.

1. Maintain Your Bathroom

Attending your bathroom regularly may help you notice any excess water that was not there before. You should also check for a broken pipe and look to see if any of them have corrosion as this may be a sign of a problem. If your water bill is unusually high, you might want to have a professional come take a look to see if you need a pipe cleanup.

2. Get Your HVAC System Checked Regularly

HVAC systems can cause moisture problems in your home. This is why it is a good idea to have someone come look at it at least once a year. Having someone come out and do regular maintenance on your system may help prevent you from having to deal with water damage or mold remediation later on.

3. Watch Your Appliances

Appliances that require water typically have a supply line. This hose can crack or break and cause a buildup of liquid around it. You should inspect all of these on a regular basis and have someone do regular maintenance on them. Usually, your insurance company is more likely to help cover the cost of the cleanup if you have water in your home if you take care of the flooding right away.

If you do end up with water in the home, it is a good idea to have a water damage expert come to assess the situation. Always take special care when it comes to any electrical appliances near the flooded area. Never let the problem go untreated as it may lead to mold growth and other issues. The sooner you get it taken care of the better off you will be.

When disaster strikes, give us a call! We are faster to any disaster and are here to help get you back to "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Restoration In Orland Park

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Cases where fire consumes everything in an Orland Park property, are rare, and there are numerous reasons for this since even a small fire has the potential to turn into a massive blaze. One reason is the reaction time and effort put in extinguishing the fire. Another reason is what fuels the fire once it starts. There are several other reasons so, in the end, each incident results in different types of damages. The different levels of damage might necessitate unique restorative action so involving a professional is a good idea.

Cases of fire damage in Orland Park fall into three levels – minor, medium, and major damage. At the minor level, most of the loss is from smoke residue. The deposits are also light to moderate in nature, so restoration mostly involves cleaning the affected surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians can either use dry or wet cleaning techniques to get rid of the residues.

In medium level fire incidents, there is both smoke and heat damage on different surfaces and items, but it is moderate. Heat damage might affect cabinets, drywall, and other contents. Odors might also be more noticeable. Our SERVPRO team can help clean up and refinish surfaces. We clean contents at the job site too and carry out any necessary deodorization procedures eliminating traces of the fire “Like it never even happened.”

In fires categorized as major, heat damage is more severe especially in the areas close to the source. Such blazes leave parts of the structure such as framing charred, so part of the restoration process involves structural repairs. Smoke damage is also widespread reaching different sections of the property. Our SERVPRO team can help with the extensive cleanup and removal of debris from the structure. We also help board up the house or winterize it if the incident happens during the cold season. It is still possible to salvage some contents, but in most cases, they require extensive cleaning which we do offsite.

Proper restoration efforts can help restore your home to a preloss state. Call SERVPRO of Orland Park for assistance (708) 532-3377.

Why SERVPRO Treats for Microbial Growth After Water Removal

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

Getting an Orland Park residence restored after a disaster means another family can move forward and forget about the stress and hardship caused by a terrible event. At SERVPRO, we treat all our customers like family, so knowing we can help make things right again means a lot to us. We use our specialized training to give those relying on us the best possible service when they need to restore their home.

This is why SERVPRO specialists go one extra step when working on a house in Orland Park that requires water removal services. Some areas of a home can become havens for microbial infestations after being damp for only a short period. Concrete and brick are notorious for sweating, especially after a period of saturation from water loss incidents.

We do everything possible to get your home dry after an incident involving broken pipes using our drying equipment, but ever-present microbes can latch onto moisture and then begin growing. To stop this, an antimicrobial agent that encapsulates any microscopic organisms and then crushes them as it dries takes care of any possible infestations.

Our IICRC training stresses prevention whenever possible, as this helps save our customers money in the long run. Water in a home, even slight dampness, almost always leads to mold and mildew problems. Either can cause health effects in addition to property damage, including loss of keepsakes and other precious belongings. Instead of leaving things merely dry, we prevent the most common problem that might arise out of the situations we just mitigated.

While we remove all of the water we can, microbes only require a minuscule amount. A few drops spread out can seem almost imperceptible to someone. When this amount rests in the pores of brick and concrete, which also happen to provide microbes a perfect little home, treating with a fast-drying anti-fungal agent becomes an effective and cost-effective way to add significant protection to a property.

SERVPRO of Orland Park can help you protect your home with every stage of water removal services and beyond. We do more than mitigate damage; we help prevent it with effective measures that save you money. Call us today (708) 532-3377

Drying Out Your Property After A Flood

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

It may seem impossible to surmount the flood damage done to your Orland Park home after a storm blows through the area, but no matter how severe the situation may seem, SERVPRO is available on a 24/7 basis to help out. Our tools and training enable us to provide full-featured flood mitigation and restoration services even for large office buildings and industrial centers, and we provide the same quality and level of care to residential zones in the community as well. Call us up after a disaster, and you might expect to see some or all of these features of our service put to work in your home.

Innovative Technology

SERVPRO works hard to stay on the cutting edge of restorations technology nationally, providing our technicians with some of the most advanced tools on the market to evaluate and combat flood damage in Orland Park. From small digital tools like Thermo hygrometers that locate and identify spots of moisture deep within walls and materials, to large industrial machines such as air movers that create powerful, controlled wind currents within your home to whisk away moisture, our arsenal of equipment allows us to adapt to any situation and provide the care needed to get everything back to the way it was before the flood.

Rigorous Training

Every SERVPRO technician receives weeks of challenging certifications and job training before ever setting foot on a job site. However, even once an employee is accredited, their training is far from over. We structure our teams to make sure that no job site goes without veteran, experienced restoration professionals to oversee the situation and provide guidance through their years of experience and dozens of completed jobs. Through our combination of formal schooling and on-the-job experience gathering, every team we send to homes in the local area brings experience and accreditation with it.

SERVPRO of Orland Park helps local homeowners to recover from the effects of flood damage. If you or someone you know needs some assistance call us today (708) 532-3377.

Storms, Winds, Tree Limbs in Your Orland Park Home

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

Multiple tornadoes came through our area this past week. High winds sent tree branches everywhere and days later a lot of homeowners are still cleaning up their yards and tarping their roofs from the damage. 

SERVPRO of Orland Park can help. We can inspect the damage and secure the structure by boarding up your window or protecting it with plastic sheeting. The techs can also check for additional breaches to the property such as a hole in the roof or a broken door and secure them as they did with the window. Securing your home helps prevent water from flowing into the house. Plus, it can protect against wildlife or unwanted visitors from entering the structure.

Next, our SERVPRO team can remove all excess water from the residence. This step helps to reduce further damages to your home. Quick water removal can also prevent wood rot and mold growth. When extracting water, the techs may employ truck-mounted, or portable extractors or commercial grade pumps to eliminate the water fast. The level of water inside the house helps determine what type of equipment the crew may utilize for the job.
 

Stormwater can also cause damage to the interior walls, floor tile, and ceilings.  If this happens, our skilled technicians may have to remove various wet materials such as drywall or insulation. If the job requires further construction though we can do substantial rebuilds, our techs can assist you in getting in touch with a qualified contractor. Since flood water is contaminated, our crew must discard all wet carpeting and padding as well as any furnishings or contents that come in contact with the water. During the drying process, the team may employ air movers and industrial axial fans to dry the affected areas thoroughly. The crew can also use dehumidifiers to eliminate moisture from inside the structure.

SERVPRO of Orland Park can restore your property to its preloss condition when possible.  Contact us today (708) 532-3377.

Flood Damage Remediation After A Storm

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

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 buffet your home for hours. Nearby tree limbs fall, break windows and cause a corner of the roof to collapse. The breach allows water to rush in through your attic and to the floors below, leaving you with flood damage throughout your Orland Park 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. 

 
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.

Call SERVPRO of Orland Park for your flood damage needs (708) 532-3377.

Cleaning Smoke Residue After A Chimney Fire

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

If you have a fireplace in your Chicago residence, you need to take care of your chimney on a regular basis. A build-up of creosote along the lining walls of the chimney can facilitate the beginnings of a fire in your chimney. Such a build-up is created by unburned materials in the smoke accumulating on the walls of the chimney and making a sticky substance which can catch fire quickly.

Annual inspections and cleanings are therefore a must for your chimney in your Chicago home. If you have still experienced a chimney fire and fire damage to your home, you should give our professionals at SERVPRO a call as soon as the fire is out. We can help you to clean up the mess the fire left behind, including making any necessary repairs.

Each fire progresses through steps, putting out both dry and wet smoke. Some fires make a large enough proportion of one kind of smoke to characterize the whole exposure as predominately dry or wet smoke. We use different cleaning methods to remove the different residues. Usually, wet smoke is more challenging to remove. A chimney fire can quickly spread throughout your home fast, so we could be dealing with various surfaces that have been affected.

A few factors determine whether smoke residues are dry or wet, including the rate of combustion, the kind of material that is burning, and how much oxygen is present during the fire. In many fires, the more oxygen which is available, the faster the combustion process is. Fast-burning fires with plenty of oxygen produce a dry smoke, and slow-moving fires without much oxygen make wet smoke.

More materials are restorable in conditions with dry smoke. It carries few aerosols and deposits small, dry particles. It does not stain surfaces as deeply as wet smoke, and it has a less pungent odor. SERVPRO techs use less aggressive cleaning procedures in these cases, but dry smoke usually occurs from hotter fires, which do more damage.

Our restoration efforts are more involved with wet smoke residues. Usually, they contain a high proportion of aerosols like solvents, varnishes, and other liquid components. Since the fire is moving slowly, it has its time to work its way into crevices and enclosed areas that generally would not be contaminated by a fire that is fast-burning. Hot, oily residues discolor plastic materials within minutes.

Many times, contents exposed to a smoldering fire and wet smoke cannot be restored. Even stripping and refinishing may not prove enough. Aerosols in wet smoke can soften, penetrate, and stained surfaces and burning plastics and rubbers making large, black particles which smudge or smear.

No matter the type of smoke damage done by the fire, SERVPRO of Orland Park does our best to restore everything that is salvageable, and we make repairs when needed to get your home back to its original state.  Just give us a call at (708) 532-3377 if you have had a fire in your home. 

Using The Right Water Extraction Tools

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Residential flooding does not always result in a submerged ground floor and occupants with very wet feet. In fact, in many cases we handle don’t involve huge amounts of standing water. Either the leak or fault is not severe enough to cause intensive water intrusion. Alternatively, the laws of physics have their way, and liquid water gets trapped in porous materials.

On the other hand, SERVPRO also has lots of experience dealing with severe cases of flood damage in Orland Park. When storm waters intrude upon a structure, the cleanup is different from a ground floor pipe bursts that cover the rooms in two inches of standing water; we are here to help you eliminate it quickly. To do this, we employ a range of straightforward and sophisticated extraction tools.

Weighted Compression
These tools work by, literally, squeezing the liquid out of fabrics (usually carpets). They use heavyweights (sometimes an operator stands on top) to push water out of the underlay and into an extraction machine. One such water extractor is called a Rover.

Vacuum Sealed Water Claw
Water claws are compatible with ‘carry-in,’ and truck-mounted pumps, but the latter is only present on-site in rare circumstances. The tool depends on the presence of water to construct a tight seal, so the SERVPRO technicians first extract as much liquid as possible from the underlay. Then, the process gets completed with a traditional carpet cleaning wand.

Traditional Carpet Wands
The more basic carpet cleaning wands are not as efficient at extracting liquid from subflooring and other types of fibrous materials. For this reason, SERVPRO only uses them in conjunction with other tools. Water mats also increase the suction surface of the carpet and are very effective in drawing moisture out from the seams of hardwood flooring. This also helps to dry out the supporting floor joists in a crawl space structure.

Hard Floor Squeegees
While tools like squeegees are quite simple, they can be an effective way to push excess water out and away from structural materials like hardwood, linoleum, and tile floors.

The Purpose of Extraction
The efficient and controlled extraction of standing water has a very positive impact on the overall drying process. It has a significant effect, for example, on the number of drying tools and the timeframes required to restore the home and contents to an optimal moisture equilibrium. Vacuum tools are the best form of standing water removal. The stronger the vacuum pressure and airflow, the more powerful the extraction equipment. For instance, truck-mounted devices have a much greater vacuum pressure than the more compact, portable tools, though the latter is a staple of most residential cases of flood damage.

SERVPRO of Orland Park has the expertise and skills you need to eliminate flood damage quickly. We service homeowners within the Orland Park area. Call us today (708) 532-3377

Fire Damage In Your Palos Heights Business

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire has been extinguished, assessment of the damage can begin. With fire damage also comes damage from smoke, soot, and the chemicals and water used by firefighters, as well as structural damage. Some of this structural damage is caused by firefighters as they put the fire out.

Beginning as soon as possible after such a catastrophic event can save time and money in the future. While repairs may take months to complete, waiting to begin can allow many situations to worsen, leading to even longer time periods for completion and increased damages overall.

SERVPRO understands that there is more than your productivity at stake – worker safety, inventory, and ability to continue production in the near future are also important, in addition to re-establishing the integrity of your business and salvaging the contents inside. We restore more than buildings – we also strive to keep other businesses in our area functional and capable of surviving the worst catastrophes.

Fire and intense heat damage different materials in a myriad number of ways. Much depends on how your warehouse was made, but also known to be crucially important are the contents, including type, volume, and surface area. Knowing the facts pertinent to a warehouse's fire helps us in every step, from clean-up to the final restorative touches.

SERVPRO of Orland Park is capable of total restoration and clean-up. If you have experienced a fire in your building call us today (708) 532-3377.

Water Damage In Your Oak Forest Business

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is trained and prepared to deal with any water damage emergency in your business. We can handle light bathroom overflows to catastrophic flooding across the entire property. We are an industrial-scale cleanup and restoration company with the equipment and logistics necessary to handle large projects quickly and efficiently, ensuring that your doors open sooner and with less cost than without our help.

Our large and well-rounded staff allows us to take on these situations alone and avoid hiring additional contractors. Keeping the operation centralized and under a single company helps to decrease costs and paperwork and maybe a preferred option by your insurance provider. In some cases, we may bring in specialists to handle specific situations beyond our expertise, but these cases are only a small portion of our commercial work.

Some types of water damage may create situations in which standard restoration techniques could be hazardous, and few companies can adapt to changing scenarios like SERVPRO.

We keep certified technicians and specialized equipment on-hand 24 hours per day to combat unexpected and extraordinary circumstances we encounter in the field and can employ these as needed if any hazards are present at the job site. Our technicians are also certified to operate in and around biohazard areas for more serious incidents.

SERVPRO of Orland Park serves a large local area by responding quickly to any reports of fire, water, or mold damage in the local area.  Call us for our services or a quote at (708) 532-3377.

Water Damage To The Belongings In Your Home

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Your home is more than just four walls and a roof. You and your family have things in it that you consider being special. Memories, trophies, gifts from loved ones – they all have a special place, a secure and protected place, inside your home, safe from damaging threats of the outside world.

Leaks from water lines or appliances inside your home can release water that can damage your furnishings and those prized possessions. This damage can take place in moments when books and magazines are saturated, or over a period of a few hours or days when it involves Grandma's antique quilts stored in the basement. Depending on the source of the water and the location, things can become soggy and wet fast.

The water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO can preserve your belongings by drying them out, along with other restorative techniques. Our equipment covers a wide range of possible needs when disasters involving water happen in your home. Repairing a home's structure is not the only aspect of restoration we provide. Our IICRC training includes approved methods of cleaning and restoring upholstery, drapes, carpets and rugs, and other home furnishings made from textiles.

Upholstered cushions with textured weaves are often made from various fibers. If these are not cared for correctly, the different components can dry unevenly. These need to be dried in a special way and possibly stretched while trying to retain their correct lengths. Soft but stiff brushes can also be necessary when restoring cushions so that their original naps are also maintained.

Special keepsakes such as antique quilts and wall-hangings can be taken to our site and laundered and dried with special equipment. These are often too large to be handled adequately in a home's washer and dryer. Placing them inside a unit that is too small can result in shredded fabric. Reading materials can be dried rapidly so that the curling of pages is minimized, but it is rare when books or magazines are completely undamaged by contact with water. We can ensure that the moisture content of paper-related items is within normal moisture content levels before they are returned to you so that secondary water damage is not a concern.

Let us help you restore your home's contents after water damage has affected your home.  Call SERVPRO of Orland Park (708) 532-3377 at any time of the day or night. We are always available to answer your call, and we will consult with you regarding the situation. 

Water Damage To Hardwood Floors After A Storm

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Waterflood from a storm can lead to colossal property destruction. Hardwood floors are especially vulnerable to water damage. When it makes its way into the building, the water can penetrate hardwood floors and cause irreversible damage.

When a storm occurs in your Chicago area, our water removal services can help deal with the situation. SERVPRO has highly trained technicians who can dry the water damaged hardwood floors quickly and efficiently.

Hardwoods tend to hold up better from moisture than softwoods in a water damage situation. During a storm, the combined high density of the wood and high moisture conditions causes it to retain more water. Our water removal procedure centers on preventing permanent warping, cupping, and buckling. The amount of water present and how long it has been there can influence the extent of the water damage.

SERVPRO technicians are IICRC Certified and can assess whether the cup and warp are severe before choosing a solution. If not, we may use sanding during the refinishing process. Before this, we have to stabilize the moisture content level to below 12 percent. It can take 1-2 months before initiating the sanding and refinishing processes, as we have to wait for the wood floors to acclimate. When done prematurely, sanding can cause your hardwood floors to cup or crown as drying progresses. One of our techniques is to place drying mats, about 10 square feet each, and suction the water from this large surface area from between the joints, and if structured, the below subfloor and floor joists.

Veneer Hardwood flooring is more vulnerable to the water damage caused by a storm, as it has a considerably thinner surface. The layers of these types of planks present an almost no chance of restoration. It is typically more economical to discard and start anew. The purpose of our water removal efforts is to dry the hardwood floor as much as possible. Drying prevents mold growth on the wood, which can occur when moisture levels are above 20 percent.

This type of water damage situation also requires minimizing relative humidity to 30-45 percent. SERVPRO technicians use air movers to achieve this purpose, which facilitates airflow above and underneath the wood floor. We may also need to increase the room temperature after the storm, which helps accelerate the evaporation process.

Water damage on your hardwood floor does not have to stress you out anymore. SERVPRO of Orland Park is available 24/7 to offer quick water removal services to your community. Call us today (708) 532-3377. 

SERVPRO Remedies The Effects From Smoke and Fire Damage

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Almost all house fires cause smoke damage of some kind. Whether it is an isolated kitchen fire or a much larger one, SERVPRO almost always needs to treat smoke damage of some form in the aftermath of a fire. But not all materials are created equal, and some can harbor smoke much more readily than others. Knowing what materials do and don't have significant fire damage can help you to make an early guess on the costs and time that it may take to get your home smoke and damage-free.

Materials that Harbor Smoke Odors

Materials that are porous, such as fabric, wood, and grout, are those that take the most fire damage from smoke in Orland Park. These materials have pockets of spaces ranging from microscopic sizes to easily seen ones, inside which smoke particles can become lodged and prove difficult to remove. Even the tiniest pores in the wood are vulnerable, as smoke particles are often smaller than cells or microorganisms. These are the materials that SERVPRO brings out the heavy guns for, applying advanced area foggers to get into the deepest recesses. Other tools such as CO2-based deodorizers may be used to remove smells from a concentrated area. In cases where ash and smoke damage is severe, we may also apply specific and thorough cleaning processes to rid the object or surface of its smoke fully. It may be necessary to use a pressured CO2 pellet blasting to remove charred damage from raw wood such as garage ceilings.

Materials Resistant to Smoke

The most resistant materials to smoke damage include metal, stone, and plastic. These materials are for the most part solid throughout, providing few places for the smoke to latch on that cannot be quickly and easily washed. Note that for stone, cracks and molding materials can still be harbors for stray smoke particles. In some cases, laminated woods or smooth tiles can also give the same advantages, but it is much easier for these to be breached and deeply affected by the smoke.

SERVPRO of Orland Park is a locally-owned franchise with the tools and training necessary to fully rid your home of smoke and other signs of a fire. Call us anytime (708) 532-3377

Water Damage In Your Orland Park Business

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

When the main pipe breaks in your business, the investment you have made in inventory is at certain risk of severe water damage. The arrival of SERVPRO water mitigation specialists after that is your best bet, helping your and your staff sort out the mess.

Commercial water damage could be the end of your Orland Park business if we are not called out quickly to assist. Chances are that the business's square footage will not incur much damage, its walls and floors typically composed of cinder block or concrete. Using professional-strength pumps and extractors, our team will remove as much water as possible from the area and the furnishings. If your business is carpeted, we will assess whether that floor covering can be cleaned and dried. Padding often must be replaced, but carpets can be surprisingly resilient. If area rugs were on display, we may take some of them off-site to thoroughly dry them.

SERVPRO will work closely with you and your insurance company to determine what can be salvaged. Our staff has been educated in advanced upholstery drying, using air movers and dehumidifiers to complete the job. If anything just got wet during the flooding, the water damage may be reversible. It is crucial that the restoration efforts start immediately after the water damages, as mold can begin within 48 hours. Great care must be taken not to sell items that have the potential to harbor fungi or other hazardous substances.

SERVPRO of Orland Park is ready to assist if your business suffers water damage. Call us today at (708) 532-3377, we are ready to help. 

Drying Out A Flooded Crawl Space

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

When you have water damage to your home, it can go down to your crawl space as well. Water damaged crawl space is many times difficult to access. The access door is generally small and challenging for equipment from a remediation company such as SERVPRO to get through. Even when the door of your crawl space is big enough for equipment, the crawl space could lack enough room inside of it for a dehumidifier to stand upright under the floor system. Working could be difficult as well. Removal of insulation might be necessary, the floor could be mud or dirt, and you might need to have the foundation of the house, or the HVAC system inspected.

With all of the complications, you definitely do not want to handle cleaning up water damage in your Orland Park crawl space by yourself. One thing our technicians will need to be careful of is electrical hazards being present, so we need to ensure that the electrical circuits running under the home have been deactivated. We’ll also need to check to see if the structure has been affected and could collapse. The ground setting could affect the footings and foundation walls. The water in crawl spaces is generally black or gray because of dirt flooring, so proper equipment has to be worn.

Our SERVPRO technicians will remove any standing water from the crawl space, and if a plastic vapor barrier isn’t present, pumping or extracting water could be from a muddy surface of the crawl space. We’ll find the lowest point in the area and use the right submersible pump to get a majority of the standing water out. Once most of it is removed, the next step is to figure out the best way to dry the structural components of the floor.

When our equipment won’t fit, an option we have is to use flex hose as a duct to move air from dehumidifiers to the crawl space. A piece of light gauge sheet metal can be cut to fit the dehumidifier outlet to vent dry air into areas that are small.

Crawl spaces can be tricky to dry out, but the technicians at SERVPRO of Orland Park are trained to handle these situations.  Call us at (708) 532-3377 if your crawl space becomes flooded for any reason. 

SERVPRO Remediates All Types of Damage After a Fire

7/23/2020 (Permalink)

Candles are lovely for ambiance, and many people use scented candles to give off a pleasant aroma. They can also come in handy during a power outage. However, you need to use candles responsibly to avoid a fire in your Orland Park home. It is essential to keep the candle away from anything flammable, and not to leave it unattended at any time.

Sometimes, as careful as we are, candles still start home fires. Before you know it, you can be looking at severe fire damage in your Orland Park, which is when you need to call our professionals at SERVPRO for help. When the fire is out, we are the ones you can trust to clean and repair your home, so the fire looks "Like it never even happened."

Fires can result in varying ranges of damage, making each restoration project unique. With fire damage which is minor, only specific areas or rooms might be affected by smoke residues, and the smoke damage is not heavy. Our restoration services might involve dry or wet cleaning of walls, ceilings, floors, and your possessions. A few areas may need repainting, while only a few items need replacing.

When the fire damage is moderate, the smoke residues are as well, and more items need wet cleaning to eliminate residues. The areas that need repainting and the items that need replacing increase and floors might need refinishing. Heat damage to cabinets, drywall, and contents means more materials that need replacing. SERVPRO techs may be able to clean contents at the job site, and smoke odors are present and could need additional deodorization after cleaning.

When the fire has been more severe, heat and fire damage is worse at the source of the fire. Finishes and structural framing could be charred, resulting in repairs to the structure. Smoke residues are spread throughout a significant portion of your home, and odors are strong. We may need to board up your home, establishing a source of electricity, and take out any smoke-filled and charred debris. Our restoration services involve extensive cleaning of your structure and likely need restorers to pack and move any salvageable contents off-site for cleaning. We also use various methods for deodorization.

SERVPRO of Orland Park understands the different types of fire damage that is possible and we are prepared to handle them all.  Just give us a call (708) 532-3377 and we can help!

Residential Fire Damage Restoration In Oak Forest, IL

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orland Park can help get you back into your home quickly after a fire. 

Residential fires are a devastating event for all members of the family. They can cause significant losses and damage to a highly valued property. The end results of fire are just as damaging as the fire itself. There is damage from water which is used to fight the fire; mold can appear, and there is penetrating smoke, soot, and odors.

SERVPRO of Orland Park is available 24 hours a day to assist you with your fire damage.  Our IICRC Certified Technicians are highly trained to help restore families back to their preloss condition. We believe in a motto of cleaning and restoring your property quickly to help you get back to a normal life.

We remain with you even after the fire trucks have departed. Not only do we remove standing water, but we also have the skills to tarp and board-up if needed. Our specialized equipment and training enable us to sanitize and deodorize your property.

SERVPRO of Orland Park is locally owned and operated.  This means that we are able to arrive at your home within a short period of time.  We are happy to be a part of the Oak Forest area communities. If you have the misfortune of having a fire in your home or business, call us quickly at (708) 532-3377 to help you begin restoration. 

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

Take the proper steps in removing water from your storage warehouse by trusting a locally owned and operated industry leader to perform the water extraction process. We have the equipment and experience available to do the job right the first time and return your property to a quality pre-damage condition.

With a pro-active approach to commercial water removal in your Orland Park business, our technicians can efficiently remove water caused by floods or leaks on your property.  We'll go out of our way to ensure proper removal of any moisture that may affect your merchandise that is stored by responding quickly and assisting you with getting operations back to normal as fast as possible. Our SERVPRO technicians have the training and experience needed to put our quality equipment to work immediately to tackle your large commercial flooding or water damage emergency.   We work hard to mitigate the damage and your entire restoration process. 

SERVPRO highly recommends that you remain safe while waiting for our expertly trained staff to arrive. Pay specific attention to possible electrical, or slip & fall hazards that may be present at the site. Never perform any activities that may be unsafe, wet materials are far heavier than you think they are; be careful.

The faster SERVPRO receives a call from you, the better chances we'll have to mitigate the damages to your commercial property and any stock that you may have on hand. We use specialized equipment to find hidden water and advanced drying techniques to ensure everything receives the proper drying time. We also use air moving equipment to help reduce drying time and eliminate moisture from the air with dehumidifiers. These processes assist with removing and absorbing moisture from wet materials and enhance evaporation at the surface levels.

Within eight hours of our onsite arrival, you will have a complete understanding of the scope of work that is required to restore your property and we'll have started to regain control of your property efficiently. We always provide you with a complete final walk-through to ensure your satisfaction with the job performed. Give us a call today (708) 532-3377. Quality, expert service is just a phone call away. 

SERVPRO Answers the Call 25/7 for Restoration Services

4/27/2020 (Permalink)

First responders can deal with the immediate danger of a home emergency. Contractors can replace the weakened structure or perform remodeling duties. The restorer operates in between, performing drying, cleaning, and deodorizing to ensure permanent damages are kept to a minimum. Our restoration services are professional using our employees local to the area with access to national resources and equipment.

Water Damage

The restoration of water damage falls under two broad categories. The first is open system drying. Principally, open system drying involves exchanging moist indoor air with drier outdoor air. SERVPRO achieves this by opening windows and doors in the home to create an open circuit. The strategic placement of rapid air-movers encourages both airflow, through centrifugal motion, and evaporation by raising surface temperatures.

Restoration services using open-system drying may be deemed inappropriate by a SERVPRO technician. During colder periods of the year, the opening of windows and ventilation in Orland Park may not be feasible. In these circumstances, a technician can use a closed-system drying method. The core principles remain the same, except dehumidifiers with desiccant chemicals are used for the exchange of moist air with drier air. Sometimes, a drying tent may be set up to concentrate remediation efforts.

Both methods are proper drying techniques for your Orland Park home. Humidity levels need to be monitored continuously throughout the operation using thermal hygrometers. By keeping moisture in the air below 60 grains per pound, SERVPRO can ensure microbial growth remains under control throughout the process. This controlling of microbial growth is essential to avoiding expensive secondary damages to your structure and possessions.

Restoration services are geared toward mitigating loss and guarding against future damage. Contact SERVPRO of Orland Park today (708) 532-3377. 

Our Equipment

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of Orland Park has more than 20 different types of cleaning equipment available to tackle any type of job? In addition to the many types of fans, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, and vacuums we have specialized equipment designed to dry underneath hardwood floors without damaging the floor as well as equipment to dry behind walls.

No job is too small or big for us, our well-trained crews have the know-how to provide professional, quality work and are available 24/7 to respond to any size emergency.

Fire damage and flooded basements are our specialties. We are only a phone call away and always available to answer any questions you may have regarding the process, the cleaning products or equipment.

If your home or business has been affected by fire or water damage call us today - (708) 532-3377

Disinfecting Your Orland Park Home or Business

3/23/2020 (Permalink)

With the recent pandemic of COVID-19 spreading across the state of Illinois, residents are looking at their living and work conditions more closely.  

SERVPRO of Orland Park can help with disinfecting and cleaning both after contact with the disease or as a preventative measure. With our present experience with other harmful microorganisms and bacteria present in sewage backups and other biohazardous threats to structures, our technicians already possess much of the training, equipment, and disinfection processes necessary to protect your home. 

The techs make safety for all a priority and wear complete physical protection as well as set up containment whenever necessary to halt the potential for cross-contamination during cleanup since the CDC theorizes that the coronavirus may spread via airborne transmission. 

If you are looking for assistance with cleanup in your residence or business please call us today for more information (708) 532-3377. We are here to help! 

We are Cleaning Experts

3/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Orland Park (708) 532-3377

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Do You Have A Leaky Kitchen Sink In Your Oak Forest Home?

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen sink faucet running water We have the experience and equipment to dry and restore your property after water damage happens.

Sometimes there are areas in your home that might spring a leak and cause water damage that goes unnoticed. This is especially true of areas that are not out in the open such as a kitchen or bathroom sink. You may finally notice it that one weekend that you go looking for cleaning products under the sink and discover that the bottom of the cabinet has bubbled up from the exposure to the water. 

How SERVPRO Can Help

At this point, the best thing that you can do is address the water damage in your Oak Forest home is to call for professional help as soon as possible. Our technicians can ensure that the problem does not get any worse and begin the remediation process.

When we arrive at your home, our SERVPRO crew will begin to remediate right away. Equipment is set up that is designed to pull moisture that your cupboard absorbed out of it again. This is done by utilizing dehumidifiers, air movers and ventilation fans. 

Usually equipment is left for 3 days to ensure proper drying. Sometimes this process could take a little longer depending on the surrounding areas. After 3 days, the technician will check with a moisture meter to ensure that the area has dried to an acceptable degree. 

When water leaks occur in your home, by acting quickly, you can prevent further damage. If you have water damage in your home call us today (708)532-3377 24/7. We are here to help!

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.

If you have encountered water damage in your Oak Forest home, please contact us (708) 532-3377.

We are available 24/7!

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!

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

Water Damage In Your Orland Park Church

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

Fire Damage In Your Orland Park Home

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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."

Rain Water Removal From Basement

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rain can infiltrate a home or business very quickly.  Water has a way of finding any crack or crevice it can get into, and will always travel the least path of resistance.  It can also seep in under garage doors or around improperly sealed windows.

If you find yourself overwhelmed with removing it, call SERVPRO today. We have several different forms of extraction equipment and are here to help.  It is very important to remove the water as soon as you find it it prevent further damage of other areas around it. 

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Orland Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

SERVPRO Services All Types of Businesses

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orland Park has helped many types of businesses get back up and running. Some of these businesses include educational facilities, churches, financial institutions, restaurants, hotels and apartment buildings. We ill scope your loss, provide an estimate and get to work for you right away.  When the work is completed, we will provide all documentation including drying logs and pictures of work progress for documentation that you might need.  We provide service for all size losses from small to large.  We are equipped to handle any size commercial facility.  

Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

SERVPRO of Orland Park is available 24/7 to restore your property.

Call us today (708) 532-3377

April Showers Bring May Flowers

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

"April Showers Bring May Flowers" so be prepared for rain on the way to the Chicago Area

Most everyone has heard of the saying "April Showers Bring May Flowers." The arrival of April is the first sign in the Chicago area that warmer temperatures may finally be on its way.  

First we need to get through the April showers! Now that the temperature is slowly moving up, this a great time to get outside and check the outside of your house and get prepared for any rain that maybe coming in the month of April. 

Check around the outside of your foundation for any cracks where water might possible find its way into your basement. Also, you should check your sump pump and make sure it is working properly. If you are able to, clean out your gutters and make sure your downspouts are working correctly.

If you do experience any water in your basement, call us today, we can come inspect it for you. 

(708) 532-3377

We'll Be There When You Need Us

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Orland Park business affected by water caused by broken pipe.

No one can predict when a natural disaster is going to strike. When it does, the aftermath can cause panic and stress. That’s why people call us.  Our team of highly trained technicians are available to respond to any emergency around the clock.  We are available every day of the year to help businesses and families in Orland Park recover from water damage and get their life back too normal.  

After large scale disasters, SERVPRO Orland Park acts quickly to mitigate the damage caused by water accumulation.  We not only remove the water quickly, but we also work to salvage any furniture or equipment that we can. 

No matter how big or small your water damage may be, we have the proper training, equipment, and products to restore your home or business to preloss state.  

WHY CHOOSE SERVPRO of Orland Park? Because we strive to provide the best possible service all the time.  

Affected by water damage? Call us @ (708) 532-3377

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. 

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! 

Preventing A Dryer Fire In Your Orland Park Home

9/28/2018 (Permalink)

The U.S. Fire Administration reports there are 2,900 dryer fires reported each year.  The damage from these fires totals to a staggering 35 million dollars. With so much at risk, it is important to understand what can cause a dryer fire and how to prevent them in your home. 

CLEAN THE LINT FILTER

A clogged lint filter is the leading contributing factor in dryer fires. 34 percent of reported dryer fires is due to failing to clean out the lint trap according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

A good habit to get into is every time you unload the dryer, clean out the lint trap.  If you are putting a new load of wet clothes in the dryer, double check that the lint trap is clean to lower your risk of fire.  Clean filters also allow the dryer to run more efficiently, allowing your wet clothes to dry faster and preventing your machine from overheating. 

INSPECT DRYER DUCTS REGULARLY

If the dryer vent or ducts are blocked, this can also cause a dryer fire.  Check your ducts once a month to ensure there are no blockages.  Blockages can come from an accumulation of lint, an animal that is nesting inside, or a snow buildup over the outside vent. 

Accidents can still happen, even despite your best efforts. If your Orland Park house has been damaged by smoke or fire, call SERVPRO of Orland Park (708) 532-3377. We have the resources to get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. 

Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup in Palos Heights, IL

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

The weather in the Chicago area can be very unpredictable.  We can experience heavy rains in a short period of time causing the sewer systems to back up and streets to flood. 

If you see there is a flash flood watch, this means that a flash flood is possible.  A flash flood warning means that a flood is about to happen or already taking place.  If a flash flood occurs, you should make sure everyone gets to higher ground as quickly as possible. 

Your business can prepare for any potential disaster, including flash floods. Keep all essential equipment and documents elevated from the floor.  Ideally, they should be stored on the second floor of the building or higher.  Back-up electronic data daily to cloud storage or to an external drive so the files can still be accessed in the event of a disaster.  

It is a good idea to have a battery-powered radio available on-site.  In case of a power outage, you and your staff can keep updated on the current conditions.  (FEMA) The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides a list of recommended supplies in the event of a disaster, such as a flashlight and first aid kit. 

SERVPRO of Orland Park can help your business get back on track after flooding or other disasters. Call us today for more information or a free inspection (708) 532-3377.

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup in Orland Park

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

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.

(708) 532-3377

Mold Removal in Oak Forest, IL

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that mold can spread in as little as 48 hours?

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Sewage Damage Cleanup in Palos Heights, IL

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

If you are or have been victim to sewage damage in your home or business, you know it requires immediate attention and action. Performing sewage cleanup encompasses risks along with dealing with water damage to your structure.  It is important to make sure that the cleanup is done properly and safely.  Exposure to bacteria and virus can lead to serious illness and are often encountered in sewage water.  You should immediately take action and call a restoration company to do this. 

The SERVPRO crew will assess the category of water as clean water, gray water or black water and make preparations to properly clean it up.

When on-site, the crew will inspect the scope of the sewage damage, including the interior and exterior.  If necessary, they will remove all furniture and possessions, this includes carpeting.  All the items that can be saved should be removed and properly cleaned.  They will also take care to make sure there is no cross-contamination to prevent the spread of sewage damage.

After all the contaminated areas have been removed, the remaining area will be thoroughly cleaned with specialized industrial cleaners.

The areas will then be dried using high velocity fans and dehumidifiers. 

 We offer professional sewage cleanup services and will work with you and your insurance company. For more information visit www.SERVPROORLANDPARK.com or call us now 708-532-3377.

Water Damage Restoration in Palos Heights

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is here and every day we are hoping for sunshine and warm temperatures.  As we have already experienced, there are rain showers and thunderstorms that go along with the warm humid temperatures. That being said, thunderstorms, and other severe weather can be a real headache for homeowners.  This type of weather brings the potential for flooded basements and waterlogged backyards. If you’re dealing with a flooded basement, it may be time to call SERVPRO of Orland Park to assist you with your water damage restoration.

Natural disasters can hit at any time.  Sometimes, this causes water damage and flooded basements or maybe even entire homes.  When these disasters hit, it always seems to be at the worst time and it can be very devastating.  From soaking wet carpets and floors to water damaged walls and furniture, disasters such as these can be quite stressful, leaving you and your family with a heavy burden on your shoulders. Not only can flooding cause structural damage and loss of possessions, but it can also bring the threat of mold, which can be cause undue worry, and put a strain on your finances.

When water damages your home, if you act quickly, you can eliminate the risk of the damage intensifying.  Our teams at SERVPRO of Orland Park can handle your restoration needs. We are available 24/7 365 days a year to provide an immediate response. 

Call us today 708-532-3377 to set up your appointment for water damage restoration services.  We provide water damage restoration services without damage to your pocketbook. 

It's The Water You Don't See

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Your home should be your place of rest.  But when water begins leaking, even small leaks in areas you can't see, your home could quickly become a source of stress.  The possibility of harmful mold, rot and unseen damage may affect the value of your home and the health of loved ones.  

SERVPRO of Orland Park is trained to safely clean and restore your home utilizing the following procedures:

  • Identify the source/type of water.
  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis.
  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises for hidden moisture.
  • Perform emergency water extraction.
  • Move and block furniture and contents.
  • Inspect carpet pad/carpet and provide service.
  • Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants/deodorization)
  • Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment.
  • Dispose of refuse. 

If water damage occurs in your home, call us today (708) 532-3377. 

Water Damage In One Of Your Managed Properties

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Orland Park our priority is returning damage property and items to their preloss condition.  Whether natural or man-made, a disaster at one of your client's facilities needs to be handled by professionals who understand the importance of your tenants' safety.  Our teams are trained in helping manage both commercial and multi-family properties during the recovery process while maintaining the security and safety of the facility and tenants.  Our professionals work hard and fast to minimize the interruptions for your tenants' daily operations. 

Our experience with property management companies has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following types of facilities: 

  • Multi-Level Commercial Buildings
  • Multi-Tenant Facilities
  • Shopping Malls
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Hotels
  • Industrial Facilities

Many businesses have an emergency contingency plan in place, but few have a detailed understanding of how to get back into their buildings following a disaster.  For more information or if you have experienced water damage in one of your properties call us today (708)532-3377.

Being Prepared For A Storm In Orland Park

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action.  Here are a few tips to help you be better prepared when a storm rolls into town.

  • Build an emergency supply kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a severe thunderstorm.
  • Postpone outdoor activities.
  • Remember the 30/30 Lightning Safety Rule: Go indoors if, after seeing lightning, you cannot count to 30 before hearing thunder.  Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside. 
  • Remember , rubber-soled shoes and rubber tires provide NO protection from lightning.  However, the steel frame of a hard-topped vehicle provides increased protection if you are not touching metal.
  • Shutter windows and secure outside doors.  If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades or curtains.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives. 

If you have storm damage to your home or property, call us today (708)532-3377. Timely mitigation is key to minimize secondary damages caused by storms. 

Putting Out A Fire Can Be Worse Than The Fire Itself

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after fire damage occurs can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of Orland Park can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  We provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.  

A back-draft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home.  Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.  

So after the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Orland Park help you restore it.  With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home, but the customer's peace of mind, as well.  

SERVPRO of Orland Park has crews available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year call us today (708) 532-3377.

Helping Schools During Summer Break

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Most schools are either winding down for the year or already out on summer break.  This is an exciting time of the year for both teachers and students who will welcome the break.  Since most schools run on minimal staff for the summer, now might be the perfect time to have a thorough cleaning done before the fall school year starts up again. 

Educational institutions can depend on SERVPRO of Orland Park for fast, thorough service in the event of fire, water or mold damage.  With 24-hour emergency response, we can quickly provide mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to your curriculum.  

Expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery cleaning, biohazard and vandalism cleanup.  

Our Technicians are trained to safely and effectively clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants. 

When Damage Threatens The Hospitality Industry

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Orland Park, we understand that keeping your guests satisfied is your top priority, and you can rest assured that you are ours.  When disaster strikes at a hospitality facility, the help of a specialized team is critical in assuring that normal operations resume as quickly and safely as possible.  Whether the cause is a coat hanger on a sprinkler head or a natural disaster, we work to efficiently isolate the damaged area so that basic functions can continue normally, and guests can enjoy your services with minimal impact.  Our professionals are trained to work with your management and maintenance teams to prioritize spaces and make sure that all areas are restored to your complete satisfaction. 

Our experience in the hospitality industry has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following hospitality facilities: 

  • Hotels
  • Convention Centers
  • Casinos
  • Resorts
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Banquet Halls

If you need assistance at your facility, call SERVPRO of Orland Park today! (708)532-3377

Food Service Facilities In Orland Park

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Orland Park, our number one priority is getting your business and dining room back in operation as quickly as possible.  When disaster strikes your restaurant or manufacturing center, you need the expertise of a team who is trained in food service cleanup.  At SERVPRO of Orland Park our specialists are trained to use food-safe products.  We understand the importance of getting your dining room, kitchen or production operational with minimal or no interruption at all.  We'll work to ensure all surfaces are restored and sanitized to health and food safety specifications, and you are able to get back to business quicker. 

Our experience in the food service industry has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following types of facilities:

  • Food Manufacturing Facilities
  • Food Distribution Centers
  • Fast Food Restaurants
  • Fine Dining Restaurants
  • Senior Living Facility Kitchens
  • School Cafeterias

Many businesses have an emergency contingency plan in place, but few have a detailed understanding of how to get back into their buildings following a disaster.  For more information on our Emergency Ready Program, call us today (708)532-3377.

Assisting Property Managers In Orland Park

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Orland Park our priority is returning damaged property and items to their preloss condition.  Whether natural or man-made, a disaster at one of your client's facilities needs to be handled by professionals who understand the importance of your tenants' safety.  At SERVPRO of Orland Park our teams are trained in helping manage both commercial and multi-family properties during the recovery process while maintaining the security and safety of the facility and tenants.  Our professionals work hard and fast to minimize the interruptions for your tenants' daily operations. 

Our experience with property management companies has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following types of facilities: 

  • Multi-Level Commercial Buildings
  • Multi-Tenant Facilities
  • Shopping Malls
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Hotels 
  • Industrial Facilities

If you are experiencing water, fire, or mold damage at any of your properties, please call us today so we can assist (708)532-3377.

Mold In Your Home

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –  (708) 532-3377

What Is Black Mold?

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

If you see signs of mold, call us today (708) 532-3377

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

How Do I Tell If It's Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Orland Park today to schedule an inspection (708) 532-3377.

You can learn more about our mold services by visiting Overview of Mold Services.

The Basics of Electrical Fire Damage

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

The professionals at SERVPRO of Orland Park can help you take care of your electrical fire.

Fire damage in your home or business can occur without warning.  Determining the extent of the loss is critical to planning the fire cleanup and restoration.  Identifying the source of the fire is necessary to understand what conditions were favorable to start the fire.  One of the most commonly overlooked causes is overloaded electrical receptacles.  

Overcrowded electrical outlets can over burden the electrical circuit and set the stage for an electrical fire.  The most obvious sign of this is a power strip or outlet that has several cords plugged into it.  Although this might be convenient, this increases the chance of an electrical fire.  You should frequently inspect these and unplug what you are not using at the time. 

Another concern that may be a warning sign is flickering lights or lights that appear to be dimmer than usual.  This can be a problem because many homeowners may think their light bulb is getting close to needing replacement.  This may also be a sign that the light bulb is reaching its maximum capacity, so it is important to monitor this to ensure electrical safety.  Homeowners should never make assumptions when it comes to electrical safety and the safety of those who reside in the home. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

The possibilities of an electrical fire are serious concerns that must be dealt with in an urgent matter.  In the event of an electrical or any other type of fire, contact our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Orland Park at (708) 532-3377.  Our team will assist you. 

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it Now

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

With the click of a button, you can have access to critical information that will help your business overcome disasters.

Are You Ready?

As Many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.  Our goal is to help you ensure continuity and viability even in the most challenging of circumstances. 

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it's a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood.  The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it.  

Across the nation and free of charge, SERVPRO franchises have provided literally thousands of "Emergency Ready Plans" (ERP) to help commercial customers respond quickly and precisely to a disaster.  The tool helps ensure that your business will suffer minimal downtime and workplace continuity. 

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.  It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.  By working with SERVPRO's ERP your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO is a leader if water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order. 

Call us today to get started! (708) 532-3377

Emergency Commercial Water Removal in Orland Park

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Let SERVPRO help you get your Orland Park business back open after a flood or fire.

Trust SERVPRO for Water Removal When Your Business Needs Assistance

Commercial water damage can close the doors of a business enterprise.  It may be a retail store, a doctor's office, an apartment complex, or even a big-box store. Disruptions to normal business patterns lead to loss of goodwill and revenue.  Consider calling in a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO to limit your losses. 

Orland Park Commercial Water Removal professionals are needed when it comes to handling unwanted water intrusion damage. Water damages can occur at any time and any place.  It is important to be prepared to call a professional because water damage can be time consuming to clean up by yourself.  In fact, water gets into many places that are inaccessible.  As a result, even after you have dried the building, there is still the potential for mold and other issues.  Eventually, the business can become very hazardous due to the mold that has grown. 

SERVPRO of Orland Park is the commercial water removal company that has experience in mitigating water damage.  We know how to handle water damage that resulted from storms or natural disasters.  

Call us today (708) 532-3377

Flood Damage In Your Palos Heights Home

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orland Park can help you clean up your flooded home.

Heavy Rainfall And Flood Damage

Spring has sprung! With spring comes day after day of rain in the Chicago land area.  Just minutes after a heavy rainfall, flash floods can come rushing through your neighborhood and into your home.  These kinds of floods can be very dangerous, not just because of the volume and speed of the water, but due to the fact that the water may contain sewage and other debris.  These floods can be fast rising and invade your home quickly.

Flood damage in your Palos Heights home can be overwhelming and devastating.  SERVPRO is standing by to help you with the professional training and equipment that is needed to do the job right. 

In a flood situation, we are not finished once the water is out and your home is dry again, the structure must also be cleaned.  Things like the sub flooring and walls could also need cleaning.  We clean any materials which are restorable with the appropriate methods. 

For carpeting, SERVPRO staff clean and deodorize these areas. We choose a cleaning method that is right for the level of soiling. Six different carpet cleaning methods are utilized depending on the condition of the carpet.

Most of the time, we have a list of items which need to be cleaned. All contents exposed to water or high humidity have to be evaluated for cleaning needs. Some wood furniture might need cleaning and polishing from exposure to high humidity. We check all clothing, closets, and storage areas for contents needing cleaning and deodorizing. We also look for damage from high humidity and condensation on photographs and wall hangings. Your electronics may need special drying and cleaning services to restore them. Pool tables, pianos, clocks, and other items which are sensitive could also require specialized attention.

After restoration is complete, we finalize the job by ensuring you are satisfied. We check moisture levels one last time to ensure everything is dry and complete a walk-through with you. If there are any problems, we fix them and then remove all our equipment and supplies. Maintain relationships and communicating throughout the entire process is a huge factor in how smoothly the job is completed and how happy you are.

SERVPRO of Orland Park prides ourselves on how we take care of our customers and their Palos Heights homes.  

If your home has been affected by heavy rains or flooding call us today (708) 532-3377

Storm Damage in Orland Park

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Orland Park Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Orland Park provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Orland Park We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

    • 24-Hour Emergency Service
    • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
    • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
    • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
    • Locally Owned and Operated
    • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions?

Call Us 24/7 – (708) 532-3377

Residential Services

Whether your Orland Park home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

    • Water Damage Restoration
    • Fire Damage Restoration
    • Mold Remediation
    • Storm Damage Restoration
    • Cleaning Services
    • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Orland Park commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: Commercial Storm Services.

Commercial Fire Damage in Orland Park

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO for Your Orland Park Commercial Fire Damage

Commercial fire damage is one of the most devastating experiences that a business owner can experience in Orland Park. In addition to doing severe damage to the structure of the building, fires can lead to excessive, standing water on the property as well as mold invasions. For these reasons and more, business leaders find it difficult to recover from a natural disaster or man-made accident. This is even the case when the business owner is an industry expert who manages the daily operations prudently. However, learning more about commercial fires and how fire damage remediation specialists can assist you is the first step towards limiting damages and preserving your equilibrium in the face of the disaster. Gather information you need regarding how to grapple with a fire by reviewing the data outlined below:

Fire Threats. There are several factors that can place a commercial property in harm’s way leading to burning and fire damage. Some of these include:

lightning strike
electrical fire
blown fuse, overloaded circuits
an adjoining business fire


Preventing Commercial Fire Damage and Strategies You Can Use:

In addition to purchasing business interruption insurance, there are several strategies you can implement to decrease the impact of fire damage to your Orland Park business. Some of them include:

Avoiding the storage of flammable items on site
Check your smoke alarms regularly to ensure they are functioning properly
Have your fire extinguishers in accessible areas
Implement a fire evacuation plan
Turn off appliances and machinery when no one is on site.
Ensure all machinery is in good condition
Have backup drives for computers
Important paperwork should be kept in a fireproof safe
Use a cloud for document back up storage


Call SERVPRO today for your commercial fire damage. We are here 24/7 365 days a year.

Mold Damage in Palos Heights

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

    • Stay out of affected areas.
    • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
    • Contact SERVPRO of Orland Park for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

    • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
    • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
    • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
    • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Orland Park specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

Call us today (708) 532-3377

Flooded Basement Cleanup in Orland Park

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Orland Park basement could flood, including: 

    • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
    • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
    • Storm sewer backup
    • Sanitary sewer backup
    • Foundation drainage failure
    • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
    • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (708) 532-3377

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Orland Park and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

    • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
    • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
    • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
    • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
    • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
    • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (708) 532-3377

Palos Heights Water Damage

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orland Park is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (708) 532-3377

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Orland Park has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

    • Your name and contact information
    • Your insurance information (if applicable)
    • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
    • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
    • What caused the water damage (if known)?
    • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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.

Palos Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips if You Suspect Mold

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Orland Park for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Orland Park specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (708) 532-3377

Caring For Your Personal Items After A Fire

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

No matter how small or large the fire, suffering from a house fire can be devastating. Fires can leave behind damage on the interior as well as the exterior. Sometimes families have to start over with nothing but what is on their back.

When a fire has hit your home and you are the victim, know that there is help when it comes to restoring your possessions. Fire damage restoration services included salvaging your personal belongings along with the structure of your home.


Inspecting Your Property

To get started, one of our fire damage professionals will evaluate your home. Your personal belongings will be evaluated to determine what we will be able to save as well as what may need to be parted with. This visual assessment will initiate the process with cleaning as well as packing and storing while your home is being repaired.

Personal items can be damaged by fire, soot, smoke as well as the water that the fire department used to put out the fire. We will try to save as much as possible, limiting the overall loss for homeowners.


Sorting, Cleaning, Packing

Our experienced professionals are trained in handling all your possessions with extreme care. We will ensure that your items are safely packed and placed to the side while others will be sorted for cleaning and disposal.

To learn more about our fire damage restoration process, contact SERVPRO of Orland Park today (708) 532-3377. We are ready to assist you with fire damage restoration options to get you back to normal everyday living.

SERVPRO Recognizes National Preparedness Month

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

"Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can."

Reminder to Home and Business Owners:

“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

Orland Park, IL (Grassroots Newswire) August 23, 2017 - September is National Preparedness Month (http://www.ready.gov/September), an annual event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to raise awareness about the importance of preparing—in advance—for the unexpected. In support of this initiative, Chuck Williams, owner of SERVPRO® of Orland Park, encourages Orland Park property owners to take the following two steps now to protect their family, home, and business in the aftermath of a disaster.

  1. Review and update your emergency preparedness plan, including business and life continuity plans. If you don’t yet have a plan, use the tools provided by FEMA to get started. (https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan)
  2. Collect and store time-critical information, like the location of shutoff valves, fire suppression system controls, and emergency contact numbers electronically, where it is immediately available to assist first responders.

“Evacuation plans and emergency supply kits help you survive a disaster, but a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan helps you recover from a disaster,” said Williams. “The most effective response to any emergency is a fast response. That’s why having critical system and contact information at your fingertips is so important. A quick and effective response helps minimize repairs and downtime, helping both businesses and families get back on track in less time, with less stress.”

 SERVPRO offers tools for both commercial and residential property owners to help them minimize damage and recover quickly from emergencies. The SERVPRO READY app stores essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Orland Park as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) and storing that profile in the READY app.

 “Rapid response from a disaster cleanup and restoration specialist can help the property owner evaluate options, start the insurance process, and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal,” said Williams. “Even in the confusion and panic that often surround a disaster, a property owner or manager using the SERVPRO READY app can reach out for expert help right from the scene, using a cell phone.”

SERVPRO® of Orland Park specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO® of Orland Park, please contact us at (708) 532-3377 or Office@SERVPROorlandpark.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Commercial Flood Damage in Palos Park

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Some commercial business owners treat property issues as part of doing business, but dealing with Palos Park flood damage can be sometimes problematic.  Flood damage can destroy inventory, stock, supplies, office furniture, documents and electronic equipment as well as cause structural damage.  Also, there could be potential health issues arising from contaminated water and possible mold contamination.  SERVPRO suggests the following to help mitigate water damage to your business facility. 

In many cases, flood damage results from the effects of a storm.  There are several types of water damage that can result from storm surges. Some of them include:

• Building displacement or damage
• Mold growth in commercial properties within walls or HVAC systems
• Damage to coastal rail lines, highways, or roads resulting in less accessibility for transportation
• Loss of business, closed doors means lost commercial cash flow, less rent, and loss of customer traffic 

How to Save on Flood Damage Restoration 


Have a flood insurance program? By purchasing business interruption insurance, you can gain reimbursement for a claim and lessen the impact of no revenue stream and thus lower your total costs. SERVPRO is recognized as a preferred vendor by many insurance and management companies. We can help speed the process of water damage restoration. The best way to reduce or prevent damages generated by storm surges is to implement strategies before the onset of hurricane season. Here are some strategies you should implement:

• Build higher. If you own your commercial building, consider the value of finding the property's base flood elevation and building above it. Hire a structural engineer to offer a plan to reinforce your commercial property.
• Place valuables higher. If your building contains more than one floor, be sure to move valuable assets, technical equipment, and computers to the second floor.
• Invest in preventative installations. Be sure to install some back-flow valves in the property's sewer lines. These valves will prevent city sewage from flowing into your property in the event of a storm surge. Have available access to water surge barricading materials such as sandbags. Also, be sure to elevate electrical systems such as extension cords above the region's flood level. You can also utilize cinder blocks to raise your appliances and most valuable assets above anticipated flood levels.
• Select fast-drying material. Carpeting and wet drywall are susceptible to damage from mold. These porous-surfaced building materials normally require discarding after flooding due to contaminants and mold growth. Build or replace with stone products, tile and no cardboard backed gypsum materials. 

To ensure your Palos Heights commercial property can withstand water damage resulting from floods be sure to implement the strategies outlined above.  Post flooding, the most urgent action is to extract the standing water from the premises. Our company has the equipment, training, and expertise to dry out your building, repair material damage, clean, and sanitize your business. Our IICRC-certified professionals are skilled in thoroughly restoring your property to its previous safe, sanitary condition. "Like it never even happened." Let's get you open for business.

Commercial Water Damage in Orland Park

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Commercial Building Restoration Services

When flooding or fires happen, they may occur at your office or business. Who do you call? Being prepared is the first step and may score you brownie points with your boss if you know the right company to call in an emergency. 

SERVPRO of Orland Park is available 24 hours a day to restore your Orland Park commercial property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,650 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Dealing with Mold and Water Damage in Orland Park

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Information on Mold Remediation in Orland Park

Mold growth begins anywhere from 2-3 days after a storm causes water damage in Orland Park. 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.

Here are some more helpful links on mold:

EPA Mold Guide

IICRC 5 Principles to Mold Remediation

Grilling Safety Tips to Prevent Fires

7/13/2017 (Permalink)

When the warmer weather hits, there is nothing better than the smell of food on the grill.  According to the NFPA  three out of five households own a gas grill, which means there’s an increased risk of fires in homes. 

Each year an average of 8,900 of home fires are caused by grilling, and close to half of all the injuries involving grills are due to thermal burns. 

Even though nearly half the people who grill do it year round, most of the injuries happen in the month of July, followed by May, June and August.

Safety Tips 

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Be sure to place your grill well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches. 
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in the trays below the grill. 

SERVPRO Acts Fast With Water Extraction Services

6/20/2017 (Permalink)

Acting quickly after water damage is critical

Water extraction is probably not something that home and business owners spend a lot of time thinking about.  This service usually only becomes necessary in an emergency situation.  This may happen after a heavy rainfall or a burst pipe or sewer drain overflow. This is when the removal of water becomes critical. 

SERVPRO of Orland Park is available 24/7 to mitigate the damage caused by water accumulation.  We not only remove the water quickly, but also work to salvage any furniture or equipment that we can.  The main goal of our services is to help people in Orland Park recover quickly so they can continue on with their lives and businesses. 

No matter how big a problem, or how small a leak, we can help with our water extraction services.  

CALL US TODAY (708) 532-3377

Water Damage Restoration in Orland Park

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Acting quickly when you have water damage, can help prevent the damage from intensifying.

We’re heading into the summer season, and while we’re hoping for sunshine and warm temperatures, we also fully anticipate rain showers and thunderstorms. Rain showers, thunderstorms, and other severe weather can be a real headache for homeowners, leaving behind the potential for flooded basements and waterlogged backyards. If you’re dealing with a flooded basement, it may be time to call SERVPRO of Orland Park to assist you with your water damage restoration.

Natural disasters can hit at any time.  Sometimes, this causes water damage and flooded basements or maybe even entire homes.  When these disasters hit, it always seems to be at the worst time and it can be very devastating.   From soaking wet carpets and floors to water damaged walls and furniture, disasters such as these can be quite stressful, leaving you and your family with a heavy burden on your shoulders. Not only can flooding cause structural damage and loss of possessions, but it can also bring the threat of mold, which can be cause undue worry, and put a strain on your finances.

When water damages your home, if you act quickly, you can eliminate the risk of the damage intensifying.  Our teams at SERVPRO of Orland Park can handle your restoration needs. We are available 24/7 365 days a year to provide an immediate response. 

Call us today 708-532-3377 to set up your appointment for water damage restoration services.  We provide water damage restoration services without damage to your pocketbook. 

Storm Damage Restoration in Oak Forest

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.

Chicago is called the "windy city" but sometimes it feels like it should be called the "city of flooded basements."  Over the past few years, there has been an increase of flooding in the Chicago area and that's worth paying attention to. 

When it comes to water damage, it can cost you more if you ignore it.  Most homeowners and business owners only think of the costs of replacing products, equipment and personal property.  But what about those other costs?  You also have to consider costs that you might pay such as rent, loans, wages, etc. Not to mention your business would lose operating profit from not being open and the inconvenience of having to relocate. 

SERVPRO of Orland Park specializes in water-related cleanup and restoration services.  We have completed numerous restoration projects in the Orland Park area.  Our technicians are thoroughly trained both on-site as well as classroom instruction on restoration best practices. 

Here are a few of the water damage restoration services we provide:

  • Water removal
  • Cleanup
  • Damage restoration
  • Clothing restoration
  • Electronics repair
  • Deodorization and carpet cleaning
  • Photo documentation of the site
  • Insurance coordination

Disasters don't happen on a regular 9am-5pm schedule, so our services don’t either! SERVPRO of Orland Park is available to you 24/7.  If your home or business has recently experienced flooding or water damage, call us today!

When Storms Hit Orland Park, SERVPRO is Ready!

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has crews ready to respond 24/7 to your water damage emergency.

SERVPRO of Orland Park has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding.  We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.  

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Orland Park,  we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (708) 532-3377.

Oak Forest Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage can cause a pervasive odor in your home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Orland Park will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (708) 532-3377

Quality Service Options For Mold Removal in Orland Park, IL

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Every mold infestation is different

Mold-this can be a scary word for home owners.  No one wants to find out that their home is subject to mold and mildew but it happens every day.  It is not uncommon for mold to be present in the home due to a number of factors such as water damage from leaky pipes or a natural event such as flooding due to excessive rains.  Whatever the case may be, it is essential to have access to trained technicians for mold removal in Orland Park.

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (708) 532-3377

Understanding Mold

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the amount of mold to the types of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for a “typical” mold remediation infestation:

  1. Emergency Contact - (708) 532-3377
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Orland Park is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of the Orland Park community. When you have a water or mold damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

Fire Safety

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Be safe and enjoy your summer!

With summer just around the corner, we would like to offer a few safety fire tips.



  • If you or someone in your family likes to grill, make sure to use long-handled barbecue tools. 

  • Only use your grill outside and keep it away from siding and deck rails.  

  • Clean your grill after each use.  This will remove grease that can start a fire. 

  • Open your gas grill before lighting.

  • Never leave your grill unattended. 

  • Keep a 3-foot safe zone around grills, fire pits and campfires. 

  • Attend public fireworks displays; this leaves the lighting to the professionals.  

  • Build campfires at least 15 feet away from tent walls, shrubs or other materials that burn. 


You can check out the SERVPRO Memorial Day fire video here:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdiABcqpjzw&feature=youtu.be

Does Your Palos Heights Home Have a Mold Problem?

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –  (708) 532-3377

How Hoarding Can Increase Fire Risks

5/9/2017 (Permalink)

Hoarding can happen for many different reasons

What is Hoarding?

Hoarding is a condition where a person has persistent difficulty discarding a large amount of personal possessions. These objects will cover the living areas of the home and cause significant distress.  Hoarding can prevent typical use of space and limit activities such as cooking, cleaning, moving through the house, and sleeping.  It could potentially put the individual and others at risk of causing fires, falling, poor sanitation and other health concerns.

Increased Fire Risks

  • Cooking risks: if items are too close to the oven or stove, this can make cooking unsafe and start a fire.
  • Space heaters: when there are space heaters being used in the winter, they can tip or be too close to objects than can burn.
  • Electrical wiring:  may be old or worn and not obvious with all the clutter. If there are rodents that are getting into the home, they can also chew on this wire and cause damage which could start a fire. 
  • Candles: open flames can be very dangerous in a home with excess clutter. 

How Hoarding Impacts First Responders

  • Blocked exits: firefighters can get trapped if there are too many items blocking exit.
  • Excess weight: of the stored items may happen when water is added in trying to put out the fire. This may lead to the building collapsing.
  • Fighting fires is very risky in a hoarding home. It is hard to enter the home to provide medical care. The clutter can slow down the search and rescue of people and pets.

  • Help Reduce the Risk of Fire Injury

    When talking to a person who hoards, focus on their safety rather than the clutter. Try to be empathetic and understand. 

    If you know someone in this situation, try to help them make a home safety plan so in the event of a fire, they can make a safe escape. Also try to install working smoke alarms in the home and test them once a month.

    You can also try to reach out to their community fire department and let them know of your concerns. They may be able to refer you to someone that can help. 

    For more information on this topic you can visit the ADAA website. 

    SERVPRO of Orland Park has experience in cleaning hoarding homes. Hoarding is a specialty cleaning situation and many times involves some sort of bio-hazard situation. PPE is a must in these incidents and should not be completed by family members or friends. Call us today for more information 708-532-3377

Storm Damage and Mold in Palos Heights

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Got mold? SERVPRO of Orland Park can help! Call us today! 708-532-3377

Information on Mold Remediation in Palos Heights, IL

Mold growth begins anywhere from 2-3 days after a storm causes water damage in Alsip.  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.

Click on these links for more information about services in Alsip.

Mold Damage Remediation in Palos Heights, IL

Flooding and Water Damage Restoration in Palos Heights, IL

Here are some more helpful links on mold:

EPA Mold Guide

IICRC 5 Principles to Mold Remediation

Dealing With Water Damage Caused by Sewage in Oak Forest

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Sewage Water Needs Proper Cleanup

Sewage cleanup in Oak Forest is vital and requires immediate attention and action. Performing sewage cleanup encompasses risks along with dealing with water damage to your structure.  It is important to make sure that the cleanup is done properly and safely.  Exposure to bacteria and virus can lead to serious illness and are often encountered in sewage water.  You should immediately take action and call a restoration company to do this. 

The SERVPRO crew will assess the category of water as clean water, gray water or black water and make preparations to properly clean it up.

When on-site, the crew will inspect the scope of the sewage damage, including the interior and exterior.  If necessary, they will remove all furniture and possessions, this includes carpeting.  All the items that can be saved should be removed and properly cleaned.  They will also take care to make sure there is no cross-contamination to prevent the spread of sewage damage.

After all the contaminated areas have been removed, the remaining area will be thoroughly cleaned with specialized industrial cleaners.

The areas will then be dried using high velocity fans and dehumidifiers. 

 We offer professional sewage cleanup services and will work with you and your insurance company. For more information visit www.SERVPROORLANDPARK.com or call us now 708-532-3377.

For other important information on sewage cleanup and what homeowners should know click on the following link for the IICRC

What to do After a Fire in Orland Park

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Orland Park is trained in fire damage restoration

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. 

What is Black Mold

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO Orland Park for help with removal of black mold

You may have seen news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Orland Park has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Orland Park for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Call us today 708-532-3377

The Warning Signs of a Tornado in Orland Park

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Knowledge is key to tornado preparedness

Tornadoes are one of the most feared because their strong winds can cause devastating damage to entire towns.  Tornado winds can exceed speeds of 100 miles per hour and this can easily damage homes and businesses as well as uproot trees and toss cars around like they are a toy.  Since it is possible for a tornado to form anywhere in the U.S., it is important to look for the warning signs of the impending storm so you can get to a safe location. 

The Difference Between A Tornado Watch And Tornado Warning

Your local news will usually put out a tornado watch or warning.  If your area is under watch, this means that your area is experiencing conditions that make it possible for a tornado to form.  You should be on alert if a tornado watch has been having been issued in the event the situation becomes more dangerous. When a tornado warning has been issued, this means there has been a tornado sighted and you need to take shelter immediately.  

Tornado Warning Signs

There are several things you can look for when you know there is a threat of a tornado.  Early warning signs are increasing winds, clouds moving rapidly, and the sky and clouds look green.  Hail is another early warning sign of a tornado and what causes the sky to look the greenish color.

Tornado Preparedness

Knowledge is key to tornado preparedness.  Make sure everyone in your family knows the signs of an approaching tornado and they know what to do.  

During a storm listen to your local news or a weather radio station for updates.  You can also install a weather app on your smart phone that will send you updates.  

Also, you should consider confining pets to a carrier or placing dogs on a leash during a tornado watch so that you can transfer them to a safe room in case the warning is issued.  

Even the most extensive preparation cannot prevent a tornado from causing significant damage to your home.  If this happens it is important to call a storm damage restoration professional immediately to assist you in recovering.  

Prepare Your Business For Flooding in Orland Park

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

The weather has been very unpredictable the past few weeks in our area.  We have experience heavy rains in a short period of time causing the sewer systems to back up and streets to flood. 

If you see there is a flash flood watch, this means that a flash flood is possible.  A flash flood warning means that a flood is about to happen or already taking place.  If a flash flood occurs, you should make sure everyone gets to higher ground as quickly as possible. 

Your business can prepare for any potential disaster, including flash floods. Keep all essential equipment and documents elevated from the floor.  Ideally, they should be stored on the second floor of the building or higher.  Back-up electronic data daily to cloud storage or to an external drive so the files can still be accessed in the event of a disaster.  

It is a good idea to have a battery-powered radio available on-site.  In case of a power outage, you and your staff can keep updated on the current conditions.  (FEMA) The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides a list of recommended supplies in the event of a disaster, such as a flashlight and first aid kit. 

SERVPRO of Orland Park can help your business get back on track after flooding or other disasters. Call us today for more information or a free inspection (708) 239-1444

Flooded Basement in Orland Park

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

When disaster strikes, every minute that goes by can make the problem worse. Don't delay!

Basement or Leaking Pipes Cleanup Service

If you have a basement in your home, you might be aware that these can be the first place to flood during a water emergency.  Water intrusions can occur from sources inside or outside your home. Excessive rain or snow melting can cause the ground to over saturate and water will find its way inside. 

Let us take the stress off your shoulders.

A flooded basement not only is a destructive event, its one of the most emotionally stressful things you may ever go through.  Our team of trained, caring, and professional water damage technicians is here for you  and your family.  We will guide you through the process and do everything as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to get your home and life back to normal.

Call us today (708) 532-3377 

Mold Remediation in Orland Park

3/15/2017 (Permalink)

Got Mold? SERVPRO of Orland Park can help!

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.

Here are some more helpful links on mold:

EPA Mold Guide

IICRC 5 Principles to Mold Remediation

Tips For A Safe 4th of July

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Safest way to enjoy your 4th of July is to attend a show put on by professionals

The 4th of July is right around the corner.  Fireworks, backyard barbecues and maybe a trip to the beach.  Whatever you have planned, SERVPRO of Oak Lawn wants you to enjoy your holiday and we have a few tips for you to be safe.

Fireworks

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a fireworks show put on by professionals in your local area.  Make sure that you are at least 500 feet away from the show.  Most states have outlawed fireworks but if you are in a state that allows them, make sure you follow some of these safety tips: 

  • Do not allow small children to light them and keep them away from any areas that people are using them
  • Keep a supply of water close by. 
  • Be sure to store your fireworks in a cool place.
  • Never throw or point fireworks toward people, animals vehicles, or homes. 

Grilling

  • Never leave a barbecue grill unattended.
  • Do not use one indoors or any enclosed area. 
  • Keep pets and children away from grilling areas. 
  • Use long-handled tools made for grilling to keep hands safe.

Have a safe and fun 4th of July!

Free Continuing Education for Insurance Professionals in Orland Park

4/26/2016 (Permalink)

Free Continuing Education for Insurance Professionals in Orland Park

At SERVPRO Oak Lawn & SERVPRO Orland Park we understand disasters. Whether it is floodingfires, or mold, we dedicate ourselves to invest in education, training, and technology so we can continue to be leaders in disaster restoration.  We also want to work directly with you to develop strategies on how to limit losses for your customers. 

SERVPRO offers a variety of classes that discuss how to limit loses and control the spread of any further damage.  By knowing this information, you can help to save your customer money and are better able to assist your customers with their claims.   

Some of the classes SERVPRO offers for no cost to you are:

  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Water Damage
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar
  • Biohazard Cleanup
  • Ethics
  • Our classes are very informative and well-researched.  We want you to be able to learn and have fun!  We see our continuing education courses as just a small way to say thank you for what you do. 

    To find out more about our upcoming free continuing education classes you can call us today 1-708-239-1444.

    Wood Floor Spring Cleaning Advice

    4/6/2016 (Permalink)

    Make sure you use the correct product for your floors. Products meant for tile or laminate may actually hurt the finish of your wood floors.

    Everyone wants the look of hardwood floors in their home.  They are more durable and last longer than most other types of flooring.  Very few people know how to properly take care of their wood floors so they are always at their best and brightest.

    Here is a great link from Homes.com that gives advice on taking care of them properly.

    Spring Cleaning Advice: How to Clean and Treat Wood Floors Right

    If you have had any water damage to your hardwood floors you can always call us anytime 708-239-1444 and we can come out and take a look at them for you.

    Spring Home Project List

    3/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Tackle those projects now so you can enjoy summer!

    Spring is right around the corner! We have survived winter once again! 

    It is important to make sure your home is in good, safe working condition now so that you dont end up with bigger problems later.  Here are a few things you should tackle as the weather starts to get nicer and when summer finally comes, you can leave some time for fun! 

    1. Get Your Roof Inspected  ~ Winter can be brutal on roofs, so now is the time to bring someone in to do a close inspection, so you can address any issues before they become problems.  A roof inspeciton includes a thorough look at the entire roof and opinions about the conditions of the flashing, shingles or tile, valleys, trim, etc.  The problems the inspector will look for include moisture or wind damage, leakage, staining and streaking from mold or mildew and loose flashing or seals.  The inspector will also give you a list of any maintenance needed as well as an estimate for the work.  
    2. Check for Air Leaks and Seal Windows  ~ Drafty windows mean the AC will slip out and the hot summer air will slip in.  You want to get this problem solved before it gets too warm outside.  Make sure any caulking and weather stripping is intact.  You will want to pay attention to any windows that are exposed to snow, rain, or extreme sunlight.  This is also a good time to clean your windows inside and out. 
    3. Get an Air Conditioning Tune-Up ~ Spring is the time to change the filter, check for proper refrigerant levels, clean evaporator and condenser coils, calibrate the condenser and oil motors if needed.  Air conditioning maintenance can help prevent small problems from becoming big problems and you will want to do it now as with the dog days of summer comes longer waits and higher prices. 

    None of this stuff will matter if you and your family are not safe.  After checking the other things, you should also check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as make sure the gauges on your fire extinguishers read 100 percent.  If you dont have a fire extinguisher, you can buy one at your local hardware store.  After you do so, make sure everyone in your family knows how to use it! 

    Happy Spring!!

    Ice Dams

    1/7/2016 (Permalink)

    Ice Dams can be costly

    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 refreeses 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! 

    Frozen Pipes Lead to Property Damage

    12/2/2015 (Permalink)

    Shut off your water immediately if you notice a pipe leaking.

    It's that time of year again! We are slipping and sliding all over the roads. Our winter atire has us bundled up and made us immobile like Randy from a Christmas Story. 

    The winter wonderland maybe serene outside, but the colder it gets, the more your inside pipes have a risk of bursting. When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, the water inside pipes can start to freeze.  When this happens, the pipe starts to expand causing it to crack.  A minimal sized crack can lead to costly water damage once the water starts to thaw.  

    Water damage is among the most common causes of insurance claims. The damage left behind from a burst pipe can range all across the board.  If the crack was large and water was gushing out or has continued to leak for days, you may be looking at some severe damage. 

    The sooner you are able to address the issue the less damage you have.  Hard wood flooring affected by a category 1 loss (clean water from a burst pipe) can be saved if treated in a timely manner. If you wait two weeks to report the claim to your insurance company, the water damage can turn into mold damage

    Tips to prevent frozen pipes: 

    • Make sure your gutters are free of debris so melting snow and ice can flow freely through the gutter.
    • Allow your faucet to drip cold water slowly.  Flowing water will prevent freezing. 
    • Do not lower the temperature in the winter months even when you are home. 
    • Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow warm air to circulate. 
    • If you are away for an extended period of time winterize your pipes by having them drained. 
    • If you are away, also have your neighbor check on your home. 
    • Disconnect your garden hose and install covers on outside faucets. 
    • Wrap pipes near exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation
    • Supplies are available at your local hardware and are relatively inexpensive. 
    • Make sure heating vents are open in all the rooms. Especially in the basement where it is the coldest. 
    • Consider weather sealing your windows to prevent drafts. 
    • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home. 

    What to do if your pipes freeze: 

    • Heat up the pipe with a blow dryer, space heater, heating pad or warm towels until the water can freely flow through the pipe.
    • Start thawing it nearest to the faucet. Open the faucet slightly so the water can be released as it starts to thaw.

    If your pipe bursts:

    • Locate your water shut off valve and turn off the main water supply. This will prevent water from continuing to pour out.
    • Call a plumber to fix the pipe. Clean up services cannot begin until the source of the main issue has been fixed. 
    • Contact your insurance agent to notify them of your loss and they can assist you in filing a claim. 
    • Call us 708-532-3377 to assist you with the water damage cleanup.

    Here is another helpful link from the American Red Cross: 

    Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

    Under New Ownership!

    11/11/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Orland Park is under new ownership!

    The SERVPRO of Oak Lawn Team is excited to announce the purchase of our second Franchise SERVPRO of Orland Park.  We look forward to meeting and working with the homeowners and businesses all over Orland Park, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Palos Park and Oak Forest.  You can expect the same quality and great service that SERVPRO of Oak Lawn has been providing since 2009.

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