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Broken Pipe - Frankfort - Vacation Water Damage

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Broken Pipe - Frankfort - Vacation Water Damage A broken pipe on the 2nd floor caused this massive water damage in the kitchen.

The amount of untold damage that a broken pipe can do is breath taking and that can be if you are there when it happens. How much initial damage and secondary damage will occur if you aren't there? What will happen and how long will it go on if you are gone on a summer Vacation or out of town over the weekend?

Turning your water off before you leave for vacation or the weekend can seem like such a small and unlikely preparation and yet that act alone can be the difference between avoiding disaster entirely or thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in damage to your home or business.

Unfortunately very few business and home owners actually take the time to learn where their emergency shut offs are, and only when the barbarians are at the gate does it become a necessity. 

Take the time to educate yourself where these shut offs are and don't forget to shut the water off before you leave for prolonged periods of time. Should disaster strike, call The Professionals... Call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood. 

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From Thornton to Frankfort, Matteson to SouthHolland, Richton Park to Oak Forest.... we have you covered!!!!! Call today to find out all of our service ares.

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Esporta iS4000 Wash System - Restore...Don't Replace

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Esporta iS4000 Wash System - Restore...Don't Replace Esporta Wash System iS4000 - The latest in cutting edge cleaning technology

When it comes to cleaning your soft contents after a FIRE, SEWER, or MOLD Damage, why would you let just any restoration company handle your family's belongings? Your family deserves the best, that's why you want SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood!

With the latest in cutting edge technology in the RESTORATION industry, we are ready and able to handle the very worst. The iS4000 Wash System is able to restore over 90% of the soft contents in a house, and over 85% of the soft contents that were previously considered nonrestorable. 

We can restore items that were damaged and contaminated in the following categories:

  • Category 1,2 and 3 Water Damages
  • Heavy Smoke and Soot
  • Mold
  • Bio Waste Contaminated goods

Third party testing has verified the ESPORTA Wash System restores items to FOOD GRADE CLEAN, removing 99% of contaminants.

Leather goods (Shoes, Purses, Jackets), Laundry of all kinds (Wash and fold or press and hang), Household goods (Sleeping bags, pillows, comforters, stuffed animals), Sporting equipment (Helmets, shoulder pad, hockey gear) are just a few of the items it can handle.

So whether your family is recovering from a fire damage or your High School Athletic Department is looking to clean its equipment, we have you covered. Call and ask us today how we can help you.           

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New Lenox to Lansing, Calumet City to Flossmoor, Harvey to Matteson, we have you covered! Ask us about all of our service areas.

Water Damage in County Club Hills

7/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in County Club Hills Don't let this put a stop to you life or business.

A water damage in your home or commercial business can set you back for months both financially and personally, if you either aren't prepared or don't have a plan ready before disaster strikes. 

Do you know what to do when your sump pump fails, sewer backs up, or sprinkler line breaks? The value of having a trained and certified restoration company to mitigate your disaster can not be overstated. 

Proper mitigation of a water damage could mean the difference in savings thousands of dollars in insurance claims and potentially even more in business interruption and down time. Call who the professionals call, call SERVPRO. #PlanetSERVPRO 

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Has your business or home sustained a water damage?

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Has your business or home sustained a water damage? Not what you want to see in your home or business.

This time of year storms can pop up with little notice and often be severe in nature, causing wide spread power outages, localized flooding, and heavy wind damage. Often times sump pumps can become overwhelmed or fail due to overuse, causing basement flooding or other parts of your structure to be inundated with water of sewage backup. Being prepared ahead of time can mean the difference between a minor inconvenience or thousands of dollars in mitigation, restoration, and repairs. 

Having your sump pump inspected by a licensed professional, installing a battery back up system, a portable generator, moisture detection systems and check valves can also play a major role in the survivability of your commercial structure or home.

Even with some of those precautions being taken, disaster can still strike. That is when having a response team already in mind comes into play. Whether already having someone programmed into your phone or having a qualified SERVPRO Representative complete a Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) in advance, these can be the most important steps you take.

Don't just let anyone help you on your next mitigation and restoration disaster, call the best, call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homwood. With our wide service area and trained and certified teams, we will make it "Like it never even happened".

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Servicing many but not limited to many of the following locations: Peotone, Monee, University Park, Frankfort, Mokena,Tinley, Orland Park, Custer Park, Braidwood, Gardner, Dwight, Oak Forest, Midlothian, Alisp, Blue Island, Matteson, Homewood, Harvey, Country Club Hills, Dolton, Burnham, Calumet City, Richton Park, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Flossmoor, Hazel Crest, East Hazel Crest, Posen, Dixmoor, Riverdale, Merrionette Park, Evergreen Park, Morgan Park, Morris, Kankakee County, Iroquois County, Will County, Ford County, Livingston County, Kendall County, Grundy County, Cook County, Lake County, Jasper County, Newton County and many, many more.  

Tips for your home in Olympia Fields after a flood

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoration Tips For Your House After A Flood

A few years back, homes, business properties and personal items devastated by flood water were considered lost. With innovations in technology, however, the losses due to flood damage can now be restored to their former state. The process is not easy though for it requires extensive mopping up and drying of the property after severe water damage.

Flood water in home or business can damage your walls, floors, carpets and other personal belongings too. Extracting the water is impossible without proper equipment while sun drying does not guarantee your assets’ restoration to their former state before the incident. There is also an additional risk that the water in home might have damaged electrical equipment or wires. Anyone tampering with either could be in for a horrible electrocution during the water cleanup and restoration.

For these reasons, water cleanup and restoration is best handled by professionals. They have the requisite experience, state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to do the job properly and offer mitigation against further damage. If the renovation job requires extensive work, promptness in beginning the works is paramount. The less the time-frame between flood damage and refurbishment, the greater the ease of reinstating a property or item to its preloss state. There are four fundamental steps to follow with any renovation job after water damage:

1. Removal of the flood water
The first important step to restoring a property after damaging from water in home or business premise is removing the stagnant water. Often, a submersible pump is used to remove the water accumulation in various structures around the premises. The pump is highly efficient at its job and makes drying of entire submerged sections easier. As a result, it helps in mitigation by preventing further flood damage in the premises.

2. Moisture Mapping
It is crucial to get an idea of the extent of water damage and take the first mitigation steps against mold growth. The step uses detection equipment to obtain and appropriately map the moisture values on the property. Properly trained technicians use infrared and digital imaging to determine the damage extent.

3. Mold Inspection and Removal
After moisture mapping, the house will need to be prepared to repel mold and mildew. Any residual stagnant water in business or homestead leads to a favorable habitat for the fungi to thrive thus mitigation against it is essential. Water cleanup professionals make use of special detergents to sterilize the area and make the surroundings unfavorable for mold growth. Some renovation firms take advantage of deodorization and ventilation during this step to remove any airborne contaminants and lingering, unpleasant odors.

4. Water Drying
This last step ensures the property is completely dry and humidity is brought back to its normal state after flood damage. There are various water drying techniques and the one used will depend on the situation’s severity. These techniques include:

• Air Movers – They help dry the establishment by controlling humidity and promoting air circulation. Working in sections, the air movers remove liquids from all porous materials including carpets and wood. Any remaining water in home or business premises is left for more sophisticated machines.

• Dehumidifiers – dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air and help extract any remaining water in business or home environment. Broadly, professionals use either desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifier. Desiccant dehumidifiers use raw materials that naturally absorb moisture from the environment. Conversely, refrigerant dehumidifiers operate by cooling the air to make it reduce its ability to retain water. As a result, condensation occurs around the equipment’s cooling coils. Applying these machines on a large scale promptly extracts excess humidity from the air leaving no more water in business or household and thus no further water damage. The particular type of equipment, however, depends on the hired company and the how extensive the restoration job is.

With the right professionals, a successful water cleanup is possible, and any damage from water in business or home establishment can be fixed. Each job, however, is unique and requires prompt, proper investigation. This helps come up with a plan based on the steps above to restore the property after water damage. Visit http://www.SERVPROmattesonhomewood.com for more information on water damage

Water extraction from your Crete home

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

Water extraction is an evolved science that encompasses a professional assessment of the water damage and the creation of a plan of action for recovery. The professionals in this industry are Certified Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) or Certified Mold Technicians (CMT). They utilize established equations and properties of materials, psychrometry (the study of gas-vapor mixtures), an understanding of mold and microbial activity, and water restoration equipment technology to determine the set of industry accepted mitigation protocols to use.

The use of equations, properties of materials, and psychometrics is needed because water behaves differently depending on its state (liquid, gas, or solid), temperature, the type of material it has penetrated (wood, dry wall, ceramic, concrete, cloth, etc.), and the environmental conditions (relative humidity & temperature). Once all of these parameters are known, calculations are made to determine the most efficient extraction rate possible without causing additional damage.

Mold and microbial growth is possible in the presence of water so it’s vital that the offending water be extracted as soon as possible. Although everyone has seen mold in the past, in many cases mold is not visible. Determining the presence of non-visible mold requires a Certified Mold Technician to take swab samples of the affected material and send the samples to a certified lab for analysis.

There is a wide range of water restoration equipment available to perform water extraction. Suffice to say that it is important to have the right equipment selected for the particular water restoration job at hand.

Fire Safety for your Homewood business

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

he fire services recommend this checklist to assist your small business in preventing damage that could be caused by fire:

  • Avoid storing or stockpiling flammable materials such as packaging materials or waste where they could be accessed by the public, including areas immediately outside your business premises.
  • Make sure all machinery is serviced as recommended by manufacturers and is kept clean. If possible, switch machinery off when the business is unattended.
  • Secure all doors, windows or other access points when the business is unattended, and make sure your business has adequate lighting to deter trespassers.
  • Ensure your business has an adequately serviced and functional fire alarm system that is suitable to your small business eg: Remote serviced alarm systems, sprinkler systems, thermal or smoke alarms etc.
  • If your business stores dangerous goods, ensure their storage and use adheres to legislative requirements.
  • Make sure your business has a written and practiced fire escape plan that includes full staff lists and designated meeting points.

Make sure that your School or Church in Matteson is prepared

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest 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. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

While it may be difficult to prepare for the unpredictable, there are steps you can take now to ensure you are ready when disaster strikes. One way to prepare your business for any type of disaster, is to establish an Emergency READY Profile (ERP)

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 Emergency Ready Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call today to get started! (708) 747-9925 or visit www.SERVPRO.com/Ready 

SERVPRO - We are the pros you need for mold problems in Olympia Fields

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Remedies Safely Mold Infestations in a Matteson Home

For most homeowners, mold is something that appears in the corners of the bathroom every now and again, after too many steamy showers. However, the reality is that in Matteson mold damage wreaks havoc with hundreds of properties every year. 

Mold damage repairs can be a costly process, precisely because so many people don’t recognize the signs of a chronic problem. They may use amateur cleaning methods, which deal with the issue briefly, but are ultimately ineffective. For example, lots of homeowners use bleach in an attempt to eradicate mold, but this is not a viable or long term solution. 

The following information provides the important reasons why you should never ignore mold damage, and get the help you may need. 

Mold Damage is Persistent 
The sinister thing about serious mold problems is that they can appear to decrease in intensity and severity, before returning unexpectedly. This is why professional mold damage restoration from a company like SERVPRO is the only viable solution. If the damaged material is not completely removed and the mold eradicated as well, spores may still be released into the air. The fact is that mold spores are present in virtually every home, however, without conducive conditions, they will not begin to grow into mold patches. With an expert mold service, the chances of a serious problem recurring are slight. 

The Costs Stack Up Quickly 
It is vital to tackle even minor mold damage in Matteson because the expenses mount up very quickly if it is allowed to spread to other areas of the home. If mold takes hold in walls and floors, the restoration will need to be extensive. Mold restoration companies always advise property owners to seek recommendations if they are not sure whether they have a serious problem in their home. It is much better to spend a little on the prevention than it is to have to splash a lot of cash on the cure. 

You May Have to Leave 
In the most extreme circumstances – in homes or workplaces where mold has become a health risk – it may be necessary for the occupants to leave temporarily. This is for their own safety, but it doesn’t stop the process from being a blow to the wallet. For families, especially, relocating is emotionally straining and it costs a great deal. Once again, this is why it is always best to get mold damage in Matteson checked out by the experts as early as possible. 

For more information and advice on finding the right mold damage restoration service, call the experts at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood 24/7 at (708) 747-9925.

Mold in your school is something SERVPRO is here for

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood's Disaster Recovery Team is ready and equipped to help with many different disasters, including clean ups due to microbial growth in schools. Microbial growth is a concern for all of us but select populations of people are more vulnerable to be affected. When children are concerned we do not feel there is a limit to precautions and safety measures to be taken. We are able to help local schools who have microbial growth in their buildings safely and correctly mediate the problem. We work after hours and over weekends to limit exposure to any dust or particulates as well as comply with third party testing to certify that work was done correctly and completely. If you suspect there is microbial growth present call us to speak about mold solutions.

Many School Districts, School Board members and Superintendents trust the SERVPRO brand to do the job right and on budget.