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Water Damage to your Business in Lansing

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Restores A Commercial Water Damaged Building Quickly

Any business, home, office, warehouse, or any other type of building structure, can be damaged by water. While we need this resource, it is when it is uncontained and in the wrong area that damage becomes highly likely. When it happens in your business, you need to act quickly to eliminate the water at its source, if at all possible, and begin removing it. After this is completed and there is no more water being deposited, cleaning up of your equipment, inventories, and interiors can begin. 

Water Damage in Commercial Sites 
Any location can have emergencies of many different kinds and types, as well as in different and varying degrees of severity, and commercial water damage in Matteson is one of them. Our technicians at SERVPRO can help rectify any problems from broken water lines to bio-hazard clean-up of flood waters. We understand the dangers of the different classes of water, and how clean water can become easily and quickly contaminated, changing contamination categories and hazardous level, in the interior of your business. This knowledge, along with additional training and certifications, can help in avoiding further problems during and after the cleaning up and repairing processes. 

Other situations caused by water present in a commercial setting can be a loss of functionality of equipment, destruction of electronic devices, and interior furnishings, business supplies, and loss of revenue among others. Our technicians are not only experienced and skilled in large and small site clean-ups and water damage restoration, but also in the latest IICRC procedures. This ensures that the work done on your site will get your business back to normal operations quickly. We understand that you, your employees, and your customers and clients all depend on the building and its interior contents to be in habitable condition again quickly. 

Call us at SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood at (708) 747-9925 to get the fastest response available. We can take your call anytime, day or night, every day of the year. We will work on your commercial property until it's “Like it never even happened."

Sump Pump Failure - Country Club Hills

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sump Pump Failure - Country Club Hills Water Damaged Commercial Building - Lansing IL

When the power goes out in Homewood Flossmoor and surrounding areas like Country Club Hills Illinois, homeowners with basements begin to worry about the opportunity for water damage in basements. Often a battery back up will only last for so long and once its exhausted, the water starts coming in around the perimeter if not right from the hole.

SERVPRO of of Matteson-Homewood keeps a number of sump pumps on hand for replacement and/or temporary use until a plumber can make it out to replace the failed unit. We work with just about every plumber in the area from Olympia Fields to Glenwood, so if we happen to be swamped or out of pumps, we can quickly get you in touch with a reputable plumber to assist. 

Our main purpose to help mitigate damages from failed sump pumps. We sometimes bring generators with us to get help get the water out and then begin extraction and drying operations immediately. We also have hundreds of drying fans and dehumidifiers available for direct rental. Don't wait to call SERVPRO of Matteson-Homewood as normally we can save most wet materials if we get to it fast enough. From carpet and pad to trim and drywall, we have the tools and training to make your water damaged or Flooded basement whole again. And if you are worried about mold in your basement, we use an EPA registered disinfectant on ALL water and sewer back up projects.

For additional tips on how to avoid further damage until help arrives, go to our website http://www.SERVPROmattesonhomewood.com or call our office directly at (708)747-9925.

Water Damage Restoration Tips For Your House

6/28/2017 (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

Damage from water Flossmoor

6/28/2017 (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 you business in Country Club Hills, IL

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

The 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.

Is your Matteson business prepared?

6/28/2017 (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 

The Importance of Dryer Vent Cleaning in Homewood

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Dryer vent cleaning prevents fires. You will want to make sure that your home or commercial property is completely safe. Whether by flooding, fire or some other mishap, there are plenty of ways that your property can be threatened. One of the best ways to ensure that you are prepared for a catastrophic emergency is always to have a local residential and commercial property cleanup and restoration service.

Dryer Vent Cleaning Prevents Fires 

Keep your property from sustaining irreversible fire damage. Making sure your dryer vents are clean and free from obstruction will help keep your property safe from the possibility of a fire. It's also an excellent precaution to take to keep the air in the building from getting choked up with dust, lint and other health hazards that can accumulate in a dryer vent. 

Get Help from a Local Cleanup and Restoration Service 

It's up to you to contact an expert local cleaning and fire restoration service to ensure that your vents get cleaned in a correct and timely fashion. When you are in doubt as to whether the vents or other areas in your home are functioning correctly, a good, thorough cleaning is never a bad idea. 

Even if it turns out that your property is not quite yet due for a full cleaning, a reputable local cleanup service can help such as removing any excess pollen or debris that has accumulated in the vents. This way, you can save a great deal of time, money and worry by taking timely preventative measures. Keeping the proper level of air quality in your home or commercial building will go a long way toward keeping the structure safe for your family or employees to inhabit. An expert local service will ultimately save you a great deal of time and stress.

Expert Help for Dryer Vent Cleaning Is Available 

At SERVPRO of Matteson - Homewood, we know that dryer vent cleaning prevents fires. This is only one of the many services that we can provide for you to make sure that your home or commercial property will be safe against the event of an unforeseen mishap or emergency. If an emergency should befall your property, you'll want to call a service that can get to you in a prompt and timely manner. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

If you are in need of quick and efficient dryer vent cleaning, we're here to assist you. 

Mold in schools is a problem

6/28/2017 (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. 

Mold - Why hire professionals?

6/28/2017 (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.

Property damage from a storm in Matteson

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Promptly Restores Your Matteson Storm Damaged Property

When you have suffered any flood damage, whether it was from backups in the basement sewer or from a large-scale disaster from a major storm, you’ll need certified technicians who know how to handle best flood damage, especially storm related. The last thing you want to have to do is search for a flood cleanup company that is reliable after you are dealing with a flood. Knowing who to call beforehand is important and will make things move much faster in the event of a problem. 

It can be deceptive to how much damage water really does. It will penetrate into structural cavities, making pockets of trapped saturation. Finding water in these areas can many times only be discovered with moisture meters. Moisture which goes undetected will keep causing damage, and this damage at a minimum will result in unpleasant odors. Even more, the damage will surface when materials shrink, delaminate and split, further deteriorating to where you will need very costly repairs. Plus, dangerous bacteria and mold can grow, causing very serious health problems for you and the members of your family. 

What You Can Expect 
Once you call a professional water damage cleanup service like SERVPRO, we will first come and remove all the water in your residence with tools such as vacuums. The professional equipment that we use will allow the company to get all of the water out of your home without creating a larger mess while doing so. Large air movers can also be used to finish getting rid of the water and dry out the rooms in your home. The primary goal is to dry your home out as fast as possible to prevent further secondary water damage. 

Once the water is visibly dried up, our company should also go through with water meters so we can assess the damage. This will make spotting the source of any other water or moisture much easier, and once we’ve conducted any work which needs to be performed, we’ll take another reading to make sure your home is completely dry and back to its normal state. We will also use thermal foggers, ozone machines, and air scrubbers as needed to ensure that all odors have eliminated and all debris as well. Sanitizing the affected areas after a groundwater flooding is critical to remove any pathogens or other harmful agents

Not all companies are the same however, so that is why if you do have any water damage, you will want to contact the professional services of SERVPRO of Mateson - Homewood right away. We can be reached anytime of the day or night and any day of the week by calling (708) 747-9925, and we arrive at your residence promptly since we are Faster To Any Size Disaster.