Recent Storm Damage Posts

Being Ready For Any Storm

4/11/2019 (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. 

April Showers Bring May Flowers

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage April Showers Bring May Flowers "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

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.

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. 

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

Signs of Danger After Orland Park Flood Damage

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Signs of Danger After Orland Park Flood Damage Don't let flooding permanently damage your property. Call SERVPRO today to quickly remediate.

Flood damage can be both unpredictable and dangerous.  Together, these qualities can create high-risk scenarios in your home even after the disaster has run its course.  Homes can be susceptible to gas leaks, fires, structural damage and other additional disasters even when damage is relatively light, as floodwaters may combine with other issues to create a dangerous situation.  Be alert at all times when entering or inspecting a flood damaged area. 

If you have encountered an area with a strong smell, be sure to tell your SERVPRO technician right away and describe the odor.  Smells are one way to identify a potentially deadly gas leak, or mold growth. These odors will usually be foul, but most importantly, they stand out from others.  Most of the time a flooded home will not smell good in the first place so what you are looking for is the sudden change of smell.

If you experience any flooding or odors in your home call SERVPRO of Orland Park today      (708) 532-3377 

Flood Damage In Your Palos Heights Home

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage In Your Palos Heights Home 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.

SERVPRO Recognizes National Preparedness Month

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Recognizes National Preparedness Month "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.

Storm Damage Restoration in Oak Forest

6/19/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage Restoration in Oak Forest 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)

Storm Damage When Storms Hit Orland Park, SERVPRO is Ready! 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.

Storm Damage and Mold in Palos Heights

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage and Mold in Palos Heights 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

The Warning Signs of a Tornado in Orland Park

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Warning Signs of a Tornado in Orland Park 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.  

Flooded Basement in Orland Park

3/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooded Basement in Orland Park 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 

Vacations during cold weather in Orland Park

10/31/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Vacations during cold weather in Orland Park Prevent freezing pipes in the cold winter months

Fall is here! This means that the kids are back in school and you are starting to think of the cold Chicago winter months ahead. Even though we are still experiencing summer like temperatures around Chicago, you know as well as we do that the freezing temperatures are right around the corner.

So, maybe its time to start thinking of a winter vacation? If you are already planning a vacation during the cold weather it is suggested that you turn off your "main" water shut off. Unless you have a humidifier connected to your HVAC system that requires water when the furnace turns on, shutting the main water supply off when you are away is a good practice. We have encountered many frozen pipes that has done major damages when people are away during cold spells. ALSO don't turn the heat off or down too low.

 

The Warning Signs of a Tornado in Orland Park, IL

4/8/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Warning Signs of a Tornado in Orland Park, IL 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.