Recent Water Damage Posts

SERVPRO Is Your #1 Locally Owned & Trusted Restoration Company

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Water In Need of a Water Damage Restoration Company? Call SERVPRO! We are the best!
 

When you suffer water damage, it is time to think about the restoration.  This involves cleaning of the excess water in your home while at the same time repairing your home to its former state.   It is important that you start with the restoration, repair and cleanup as soon as possible to prevent further damage. 

The reason why you should consider hiring a restoration company such as SERVPRO, is we will be able to handle the cleanup faster than if you were doing it by yourself. Our technicians are certified in water damage restoration and involved in on going training.

SERVPRO of Orland Park is locally owned and a trusted leader in the restoration industry. If you or someone you know has experienced water or fire damage in their home call us today (708) 532-3377

SERVPRO 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.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (708) 532-3377

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.

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: 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."

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. 

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. 

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!

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

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:

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!

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! 

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. 

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.

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

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.

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. 

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

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